Toxic ma­te­rial mixed with gaso­line

The im­port of con­tam­i­nated gaso­line from Iraqi cities leaves dan­ger­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal and health ef­fects

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

Smoke in ve­hi­cle ex­haust is a breast can­cer risk fac­tor, par­tic­u­larly at cer­tain vul­ner­a­ble mo­ments in life.

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