Gasoline prices climb with MTBE phaseout

Congress is growing restless because gasoline prices are climbing weeks before summer driving season arrives as refiners replace methyl tertiary butyl ether with ethanol as a gasoline additive.The US average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline climbed 9¢ to $2.588 week-to-week, 37.1¢ more than a year earlier, the US Energy Information Administration said Apr. 3.Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who argued strongly for refiners to stop using MTBE as a gasoline additive, now says that repealing oxygenate requirements does not justify reviving proposals for MTBE liability limits.“The Clean Air Act never required the use of MTBE, and courts have upheld that view,&rdqu...

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