EPA denies state requests for oxygenate waivers

06/13/2005
The US Environmental Protection Agency June 2 denied requests by California, New York, and Connecticut for waivers from the 2 wt % oxygen content requirement for reformulated gasoline.The decision means fuel marketers in the states, which have banned use of the alternative oxygenate methyl tertiary butyl ether, will continue blending ethanol into reformulated gasoline before sale. MTBE has leaked into supplies of drinking water.“Congress has required the use of oxygenates as part of the clean fuels program and has made it clear that this requirement can only be waived if a state demonstrates that it prevents or interferes with the state’s ability to meet national air quality s...
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