MTBE debate marches on

Recent actions taken by the US Environmental Protection Agency-as well as those taken by certain state governments-have thrust the debate over the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether as a gasoline additive back into the public spotlight yet again. Suffice it to say, the fate of the oxygenate's role in the US gasoline pool weighs heavily in the balance.For some, only through banning the compound's use outright would a solution be reached to prevent future groundwater contamination from leaking gasoline storage tanks. Others would contend that the banning of MTBE is premature, and that there exist technologies to rid the contaminant from the affected soil and water.Current eventsCert...

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