LEAD Action News
LEAD Action News vol 11 Number 4, June 2011, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times (ISSN 1440-4966) & Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Editor: Anne Roberts

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Editorial - Who will be the champion of a world free from leaded petrol?

by Elizabeth O’Brien and Anne Roberts

Ivan Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg, Australia’s 2nd-most wealthy citizen, resident of Switzerland, CEO of Xstrata, whose Mt Isa Queensland lead mine supplies the UK’s smelter with lead that is sold to Innospec, maker of the lead-petrol additive?
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, who could ban the manufacture and export of the lead additive for petrol, banned in the UK for nearly 10 years?

David Cameron

Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, who could declare a moratorium on lead exports destined for the UK and being made into lead petrol additive by Innospec? 
Barack Obama, President of the USA, by demanding an end to the sale of lead additive for petrol? The US was the first to begin phasing out leaded petrol – in 1972. The US has prosecuted Innospec – a US corporation – for bribery which had resulted in lead petrol being sold in Iraq, and also in Indonesia - where it is officially banned. Obama has the power to direct the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to demand that Innospec cease selling the lead additive for road use and take back all stocks.
Barack Obama

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of Switzerland? The Swiss company Alcor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Innospec, was involved in bribing officials in Iraq and Indonesia in order to sell leaded petrol beyond the phase-out date in those countries. The Swiss company Xstrata mines the lead and owns the smelting company that smelts all the lead that is later manufactured into the lead additive for leaded petrol. Surely a President can require better stewardship from companies incorporated in her country?
Patrick Williams, Innospec’s CEO, who has the power to re-write the Tetra-ethyl lead (TEL) supply policy of Innospec’s Stewardship programme? In order to champion corporate stewardship, the policy would need to state that TEL will no longer be manufactured or exported and that all stocks currently overseas will be bought back and safely managed by the company.

Patrick Williams

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