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EPA Rejects Petition to Ban Chemical Used to Make Gas (2)

Nov. 5, 2019, 3:26 PMUpdated: Nov. 5, 2019, 5:50 PM

The EPA won’t ban a chemical that oil refineries use to make high octane gasoline, jet fuel and marine diesel fuel.

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) had submitted asking the agency to ban hydrofluoric acid at oil refineries because it can cause explosions.

Hydrofluoric acid is used as a catalyst to break down, or “crack,” petroleum into other chemicals, according to a World Health Organization agency.

PEER didn’t provide the agency sufficient hazard, exposure, and risk information to justify the advocacy group’s request, the EPA said in a ...