May 1999

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HP Insight: Killing the messenger – MTBE

Some amazing developments are unraveling in California. To a great surprise, California Gov. Gray Davis has banned MTBE usage in gasoline. After holding public hearings concerning the University of Ca..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Some amazing developments are unraveling in California. To a great surprise, California Gov. Gray Davis has banned MTBE usage in gasoline. After holding public hearings concerning the University of California (UC) study, Gov. Davis is requesting a phaseout of MTBE in California by Dec. 31, 2002. This move is motivated by concern over health risks since the ether has been detected in several water wells. Equally damaging, Gov. Davis is also urging the federal government to waiver California from being mandated to use MTBE to control air pollution emissions. The decision is driven by passions; it presupposes that we can't have clean air and clean water at the same time. Has the U.S. f

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