- An attack on the use of unleaded petrol (ULP) has been
launched by geopathologist, Peter Heindl, who also warns of the dangers
of defective catalytic converters. Heindl, of the Institute of Geopathology
of South Africa, describes lead-free petrol as a 'poison ejector'. He says
that the ban of leaded petrol is not a progressive, environment-friendly
initiative as many imagine it to be. He says that catalytic converters
cannot withstand lead and high-powered engines cannot be operated with
unleaded petrol (ULP) unless the petrol contains aromatics like benzine,
which have to be added to the ULP. He says the European Union (EU) allows
only 5% additive and the USA a maximum of only 1%, though investigations
prove a presence of 19%. When one pumps 80 litres of ULP into a car's petrol
tank, he claims that 5 kg of pure benzine enters the tank, forming the
'much-feared carcinogens', aromatic poly-nuclears (APN).
- Heindl says the most commonly known APNs are benzopyrene,
benzo-anthracene, cyren, phenantren and anthracen. He warns that even 1%
benzine is too much, as it is highly poisonous. Benzine, he says, is absorbed
by the human body through the inhaling of gases, but also through the skin
and via the stomach and intestinal tract. A concentration will be found
in the fatty tissue, bone marrow and central nervous system. Heindl claims
that benzine can enter the blood and there convert into phenol (hydroxybenzene).
Phenol is a carbolic acid and reacts highly acidic and works like a strong
cell poison. Tiredness, weakness, insomnia, dizziness, nausea and palpitations
can result. In advanced cases of bone marrow damage, mucus-membrane bleeding
and nose tumours can develop, with a high risk of leukaemia.
- Heindl quotes a chemist at the German environmental department
as saying that all drivers should have to wear gas masks when filling up
with ULP, advising that children and other passengers get out before the
car enters the filling station, to ensure that they are not coming into
contact with these damaging fumes during filling up with unleaded normal
or premium petrol. He quotes Auto Bild as saying 960-Million litres of
benzine (at a proportion of 3% in ULP) is flowing into German petrol tanks.
The 'technical instruction for keeping the air clean' (TA-Luft) provided
emission limits for benzine, but is seen by some experts as insufficient.
He quotes 'official reports' that state that the average benzine content
in large cities and in the blood of its citizens is five to ten times higher
than in rural areas. He says the Neue Ärztliche medical journal warns
people not to underestimate benzine emissions, stating that it has a leukaemia-generating
effect and that a TV broadcast on the ZDF TV channel on May 20, 1989, stated
that 1,000 persons die yearly from benzine vapours from petrol.
- North-Rhine-Westphalia environmental affairs department,
he says, has proclaimed benzine one of the most dangerous environmental
poisons. Premium unleaded fuel, he claims, contains up to 4% methyl-tert-butyl-ether
(MTBE) as an anti-knock agent. In Germany, where there are no speed restrictions
on the highways, oils with good lubrication are needed. The anti-sludge
agent zinc-dithio-phosphate is added, which reacts with MTBE, forming a
highly poisonous combination. The EU environmental Ministers have agreed
that future cars have to be equipped with catalytic converters. Heindl
says cars using catalytic converters will use 20% more petrol on highways,
21% more on regional roads and 45% more in town traffic, because emitted
exhaust gasses need more power to pass through the fine ducts of the honey-comb
structure of the converter. He says the carcinogenic particles in diesel
engine exhaust fumes, when compared to petrol engines, quickly neutralise
as they bind with soot particles. Modern diesel engines even meet the strict
US requirements. Engines have been made to run on plant-oil fuels because
no technology can be above natural laws without damaging or destroying
- These conditions are met by a pioneering German company,
where technically sound 1- to 12-cylinder multi-fuel-diesel engines are
suitable for running on plant-oil fuels with a duo-thermal combustion principle
and a combustion area divided from the left-over air. Tests were done on
100 plant oils suitable for engine use and the molecular structure of these
plant oils is ideal fuel for combustion as carbon dioxide, water, hydrocarbons,
oxygen and plant nutrients are contained in a closed cycle.
- The plant oils don't need special preparation to be used
as fuel and refining chemical processes are not needed - filtered virgin
oil can be used as it is pressed. One litre of plant oil contains 110g
of hydrogen - 1.5 times more than clean liquid hydrogen. Hydrogen engines
work with a 23% efficiency and plant oils raise efficiency to 40%. So,
hydrogen technology is problematic, also having to be cooled down and kept
at -253°C to be available in liquid form. Plant oils are free >from
sulphur, heavy metals, benzol and aromatics. The sun's energy is enough
to grow oil plants and an area the size of Saudi Arabia could supply an
equivalent amount of oil as crude oil.
- "Peter Heindl"