Toxic material mixed with gasoline
The import of contaminated gasoline from Iraqi cities leaves dangerous environmental and health effects
An environmental expert claims that a British company supplies a kind of toxic material to Iraqi gasoline traders which is used in raising the quality of octane figures.
He warned that the burning of the material will have a perilous effect on both human health and the environment.
The expert, who wished to remain anonymous, said that bringing in the material is officially prohibited by the Iraqi federal government.
He also added that part of the gasoline which is imported from the middle and southern parts of Iraq is mixed with the toxic material.
“It causes many dangerous long-term diseases in human beings, especially different perilous kinds of cancer.”
“Iraqi federal government, ethically and legally, is responsible for importing the poisonous material into Iraq and Kurdistan,” he said.
The lecturer also said that 1/2 gram of the material is applied for one liter of gas- oline. “Iraq comes at the top of the list of countries across the world for using the toxic material.”
Due to notable pollution of the environment and serious health effects, trading in the poisonous material is internationally forbidden.
According to scientific experimentations, each gram of the toxic material contaminates 1,000 liters of water.
He warned that during the past few years around 80 tons of that toxic material polluted a large quanity of drinking water, which is now harmful for drinking. ‘Poor quality gasoline’ Due to the recent political tensions between the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the amount of gas coming to the Kurdish cities from the Beiji Refinery has decreased.
KRG has already formed a committee to inspect the civilian stations and during the last couple of months several stations have been punished for selling poor quality gas.
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