MTBE issues include question of all oxygenate mandates

In late November 2003, by a narrow margin, opponents of the Energy Policy Act of 2003 succeeded in delaying further consideration of the bill until early this year and in reducing chances of eventual passage, at least in its present form.Of the more than 1,000 pages of provisions of the bill, opponents highlighted a very brief segment—about a page in length—namely, Section 1502, entitled "Fuels Safe Harbor." This section provides liability protection against defective product claims for methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) producers.The protection would apply against all claims filed on or after Sept. 5, 2003.Although not highlighted in the Senate debates, the provision extends ...

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