Special Report: EPA denies California refiners guidance on post-MTBE supply uncertainty

California's refiner-marketers continue to work under a cloud regarding the status of federal vs. state guidelines on clean fuel supplies once the state's ban on methyl tertiary butyl ether takes effect.The US Environmental Protection Agency is operating under the assumption that California's MTBE ban will not be impacted by federal legislation in the near future.Agency officials say they are sympathetic that California's unique fuel specifications make distribution issues especially challenging, but they are not willing to offer specific guidance on issues such as commingling of fuel until state regulators offer their own guidance.According to a Jan. 3 Petroleum Marketers...

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