Federal Regulation Lowers Permissible Amount of Benzene in Gasoline

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

For some time now, gasoline sold in Anchorage and Alaska has contained a higher benzene level than most of the United States.   But that situation changes in 2012 when new federal regulations take effect that lowers the permissible benzene content from about 5 percent to around 1 percent.   As a first step to measure the effectiveness of that change, Anchorage’s Department of Health and Human Services has just completed a year-long study of current outdoor and indoor benzene levels.

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