Environment Canada

Environment Canada

April 28, 2008 17:00 ET

Government Plans to Allow a Limited Exemption for the Use of Leaded Gasoline in Competition Vehicles

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, today announced that the Government intends to support the racing industry in Canada by granting an exemption from the Gasoline Regulations until January 1, 2010.

The Government received a great deal of feedback from Canadians on the issue of leaded fuel for the racing industry. This feedback was virtually unanimous in its support for an extension to allow the industry more time to adapt.

The Gasoline Regulations, passed in 1990, essentially eliminated lead in gasoline. Many race categories have already converted to unleaded gasoline. However, alternatives to leaded racing fuels are not used by all race-sanctioning associations for all types of competition vehicles. Many foreign sanctioning bodies continue to use leaded racing gasoline.

The amount of leaded gasoline used by the racing industry represents less than 2% of the total leaded fuel use in Canada. The remaining volume is used under a permanent exemption provided to aviation because there is currently no suitable non-leaded replacement fuel available for some aircraft.

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