Clearing the Air

The EPA wants more lead out

When the Environmental Protection Agency two years ago took steps to cut the amount of lead used in gasoline, it failed to reckon with the orneriness of American motorists. Car owners have been illegally filling an estimated 13% of the no-lead vehicles on the road with leaded gas, which costs an average of 7¢ per gal. less than the unleaded variety. Last week the EPA fought back. It proposed rules that would slash the amount of lead in leaded gasoline by 91%, starting in 1986.

The agency based its proposal on growing concern about the danger...

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