US Senate passes ethanol fuel additive mandate

The US Senate June 5 voted 67-29 to include a "renewable fuels standard (RFS)" in a pending comprehensive energy bill, S. 14. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and his Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, sponsored the amendment.The measure phases down use of the fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether nationwide, installs an ethanol mandate plan requiring refiners to more than double their use of ethanol to 5 billion gal/year by 2012, and eliminates the 2 wt % oxygenate standard for reformulated gasoline (OGJ, May 12, 2003, p 26).RFS represents a compromise finalized last year between fuel ethanol producers, integrated oil companies, some publi...

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