The MTBE controversy

Controversy over the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) tests the quality of environmental debate in the U.S. The substance has shown up in ground water, including some used for drinking. So far, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has resisted environmentalist pressures for a ban. It instead seeks answers to questions that now lack clear answers: What is the nature of the threat? How serious is the risk to human health? What environmental and economic tradeoffs may be

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