MTBE's slide continues

In retrospect, it seems to have been inevitable. Someone got a headache after refueling an automobile with reformulated gasoline and blamed it on a new fuel additive. Questions about methyl tertiary butyl ether appeared in newspapers and on television. Public acceptance of the oxygenate began a long slide that approached bottom last week.On advice of an advisory group, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner recommended that MTBE use in gasoline be cut nationwide. The reason is not that MTBE causes health problems, although EPA earlier mentioned a study implicating the substance in the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. The main problem is that MTBE readily invade...

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