Controversy over MTBE in gasoline rages on

California's pending ban of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether is continuing to cause controversy among refiners, oxygenate producers, and other stakeholders in the debate.California Gov. Gray Davis issued an executive order in March banning MTBE from the state's gasoline by the end of 2002. The timetable for the ban was later relaxed when California Senate Bill 989 changed the deadline to "as soon as possible," allowing refiners more time to make the operational changes needed to produce on-spec California reformulated gasoline (RFG) without the use of MTBE.The state's decision has far-reaching effects, and groups including methanol producers, environmental organi...

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