MORE MTBE, TAME PLANTS SCHEDULED IN U.S.

The movement of U.S. refiners into production of reformulated gasoline is spurring expansion of oxygenate capacity. Companies are positioning themselves to comply with 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act (CAA), while awaiting issuance of enabling rules. The amendments seek to reduce emissions of unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide (OGJ, Oct. 29, 1990, p. 18). Blended into gasoline, oxygenates such as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and tertiary amyl methyl ether (TAME) promote more

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