Myths & Realities of Leaded Aviation Fuel

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Center for Environmental Health for Friends of the Earth
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In this report, Friends of the Earth separates the myths from realities about lead in avgas and provides recommendations to expedite a transition to unleaded general aviation fuel. Lead is highly toxic and avgas is the biggest airborne contributor to lead emissions in the United States. A transition to unleaded fuel is foreseeable, as 75 percent of general aviation aircraft could make the change immediately and would save money in the long run. However, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must collaborate with airports and the general aviation community to facilitate an efficient, prompt transition to unleaded fuel.