California plans to ban MTBE from gasoline

Anne Rhodes Associate Managing Editor-News California Gov. Gray Davis has issued an executive order to ban the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether in gasoline sold in the state by Dec. 31, 2002. Davis has requested that the California Environmental Protection Agency implement the executive order, and that the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board (CARB) devise a timetable for the gasoline additive's removal by 2003. The move should be seen a step toward the eventual prohibition of MTBE use in the state, and not as a definitive decision. The order is the result of the discovery of MTBE-contaminated groundwater in certain areas of the ...

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