Gas Stations Pollution

Gas stations are found everywhere. They are so common and necessary that they became an integral part of our daily lives. Thus, it is no wonder that they are not usually associated with environmental and health risks, and even less with home pollution. For example, have you asked yourself: “Is my home or the house I intend to buy close to a gas station?” Is the proximity to a gas station an excluding criterion for house shopping? Well, it may be! The following paragraphs should help you decide by yourself.

Below are presented, briefly, the main and sometimes severe pollution problems associated with gas stations along with the subsequent health, environmental, and home pollution risks. Additionally, due to the importance and practical relevance, prevention and cost recovery issues are first discussed.

Prevention and Cost Recovery

Gas Station Pollution Release

Pollution released at gas stations is mainly due to the following:

Gas Station Contaminants

The usual contaminants released into the environment from gas stations are represented by the stored and sold petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel. These are complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds (mainly hydrocarbons) and a series of additives which are blended with petroleum distillates to improve the quality of the final products and their usability. While there are hundreds of individual compounds associated with gasoline and diesel fuel (many of which are not even identified), the main compounds raising pollution problems associated with gas stations are the following: