Northeast air regulator derides energy bill plan

The head of a US Northeast air quality group sharply criticized a pending energy bill before the US Congress at presstime last week, saying the measure does not address water contamination issues related to the fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether.Ken Colburn, executive director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, voiced strong concern that the energy conference did not address the US Northeast's concerns about MTBE. NESCAUM is an interstate association of air quality control divisions in the Northeast states.NESCAUM's eight-member states include the six New England states, as well as New York and New Jersey.In an e-mail dated Nov. 23, Colburn called o...

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