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Global Lead Network: Myths and Realities of Phasing Out Lead Gasoline

Myths and Realities of Phasing Out Lead Gasoline

This document provides policy makers and opinion leaders in national governments, industry, and international organizations with the facts needed to understand the opportunity at hand to complete the phase-out of leaded gasoline. The evidence of leaded gasoline’s harmful effects on human health is overwhelming. Alternative technologies and substitute products are readily available and both developed and developing countries have demonstrated their feasibility and cost-effectiveness. International support for phasing out leaded gasoline is strong and private financing is available, yet leaded gasoline use continues in most countries.

A major obstacle to leaded gasoline phase-out is the persistence of several myths. These myths simply do not hold up when forced to stand side-by-side with the facts. The purpose of this document is to examine and refute these myths.

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