MTBE's misconceptionYour editorial," MTBE's slide continues," makes a number of very good points on the absurdity (and possibly the inevitability) of the loss of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as a component in U.S. gasoline (OGJ, Aug. 2, 1999, p. 17).Your paragraph on the (weak) benefits of oxygenates in fighting ozone, however, repeats the common misconception that MTBE detracts from the aim of gasoline reformulation more than it helps. In both the federal and California Air Resources Board (CARB) formulations, the effectiveness of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in reducing ozone (or other contaminants) depends on reducing the olefins, aromatics, benzene, and sulfur in the blen...

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