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Adding MTBE to increase the octane number has become the most economical means to meet the gasoline standard in China.
From a water supply perspective, the ban will help prevent further MTBE contamination of groundwater.
States that abandon this requirement will suffer worsening air quality in the very same areas where MTBE has devastated drinking water supplies.
In other words, the MTBE flap is the very model of modern environmental action: Not only is banning MTBE a reaction to a federally created problem, but getting rid of it won't make anyone's water safer to drink.
And state legislatures across the country have debated the MTBE issue this year.
MTBE industry market dynamics in Taiwan from 2000 to 2016 consisting of market size, demand and production outlook, demand by end use sector, and average prices
This resource facilitates customers in development planning and investment decision-making in the MTBE industry.
Recent studies commissioned by the American Water Works Association and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies have estimated the cost of cleaning contaminated MTBE sites at $25 to $85 billion.
MTBE lobbyists on Tuesday defended the liability protections, and accused Boxer - who is up for re-election in 2004 - of exaggerating the oxygenate's dangers.
The EPA has asked Congress to amend the Clean Air Act to replace the existing oxygenate requirement with a standard for fuels made from renewable resources chemicals, and is also proposing to ban MTBE as an immediate threat to health under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
What's clear "is that we know how to treat MTBE and remove it from drinking water," notes Andrew Stocking of the consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie in Oakland, Calif.
The Rundown on MTBE, Mickey and the Morning Commute
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