US administration to seek MTBE phaseout

The administration of President Bill Clinton plans to significantly reduce or eliminate the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in gasoline in the US.The additive has been used mostly in reformulated gasoline to meet the 1992 Clean Air Act Amendments' oxygen requirements. Gasoline storage tank leaks have caused MTBE, a possible carcinogen, to contaminate groundwater in several regions.MTBE is used in about 85% of reformulated gasoline (RFG), which is required in parts of the country with the worst air pollution problems. RFG is used in about 30% of all US gasoline.Carol Browner, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, said the administration would ask Congress for legisla...

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