Environmentalists slam bill's clean fuel liability plan

As the US Congress resumed energy bill negotiations last week, environmental and public interest groups called on lawmakers to reject a pending Senate provision designed to exempt fuel ethanol from federal and state product liability lawsuits. The coalition also wants lawmakers to reject a possible House proposal to expand liability protections to the clean fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether."We urge you to strike the loophole from the energy bill in conference and to ensure that renewable fuels are not subject to a lesser liability standard than other motor vehicle fuels or fuel additives. In addition, we understand that representatives of the oil industry are trying to expand the...

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