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Tanzania plans to ban leaded petrol

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    Written by EABW REPORTER
    Monday, 07 September 2009

    Tanzania Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) plans to ban importation of leaded petrol and leaded diesel.

    The move comes due to researchers’ reports that lead is highly toxic to brain, kidneys, the reproductive system and the cardiovascular system, resulting in lower productivity.

    A report prepared by researchers said that, out of lead fuel, diesel with excessive sulphur may trigger stress response in the brain that may have long-term effects on brain function.

    EWURA’s Director of Petroleum, Mr. Sirili Massay told East African Business Week in Dar es Salaam recently that the process of setting standards of quality of petroleum to be imported in the country is in the final stage.

    “Anytime from now, before the end of this year, we will announce the ban. In fact, we will publicize the decision in collaboration with Tanzania Bureau of Standards,” said Massay. Mr. Massaysaid importers will import unleaded petrol and cleaner diesel with less sulphur.