California deadline on MTBE ban set for next month

Industry and government sources said Feb. 25 that California Gov. Gray Davis (D) is "likely" to delay a proposed ban on the fuel oxygenate methyl tertiary butyl ether based on the recent results of a study commissioned by the California Energy Commission.The CEC study recommended a delay of the ban until November 2005; however, Davis is said to be considering a plan to delay the MTBE moratorium for a year at the most. Davis mid-February said he plans to make a "final" decision on the ban within 40 days.A 1999 executive order directs industry to stop selling gasoline that contains MTBE by Dec. 31, 2001, because of concerns that the additive contaminates groundwater. MTBE producers and some...

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