New York seeks waiver for federal clean air rule

01/20/2003
New York state Jan. 6 formally asked the US Environmental Protection Agency to waive a federal clean air rule that requires fuel suppliers to sell reformulated gasoline (RFG) with an oxygenate, typically ethanol or methyl tertiary butyl ether."In order to continue with the progress already being made in reference to the removal of MTBE contamination, New York wants to remove the minimum oxygen requirement in RFG," wrote New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Erin Crotty to EPA Administrator Christine Whitman. Crotty said that New York is concerned that smog levels may increase if fuel suppliers are forced to replace MTBE with ethanol to meet the oxygen standard.The...
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