A British company made millions this year selling a dangerous chemical linked to brain damage and premature death to a developing country, despite repeatedly stating it would stop.
Innospec claims to be the only company in the world that manufactures a fuel additive called tetraethyl lead (TEL) — which is the lead in leaded petrol.
TEL can be added to fuel to improve performance, but the chemical has been phased out across the developed world due to health concerns, with the UK banning it in 1999.
Only Iraq, Yemen and Algeria still use it, according to the United Nations Environment Programme .
The Cheshire-based company confirmed to Energydesk that it continues to sell TEL to Algeria, despite pledging to stop exporting the chemical by the end of 2012, then the end of 2013, then 2014 .
The firm states that Iraq and Yemen are both phasing out …