Panel urges less MTBE use in gasoline

An advisory panel has urged the U.S. government to restrict the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether in gasoline "substantially," because the additive has been showing up more frequently in drinking water supplies.The 13-person panel submitted its report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is expected to propose many of its recommendations to Congress.U.S. refiners have been using MTBE for several years to meet the oxygen requirement the federal government has mandated for reformulated gasoline (RFG), which must be sold in metropolitan regions with ozone problems. EPA Administrator Carol Browner said, "We must begin to significantly reduce the use of MTBE in gasoline as quick...

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