September 1999

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HP Insight: More disappointments in 1999

Findings by EPA's Blue Ribbon Panel on oxygenates offer refiners a mixed bag of options. This panel met over a six-month period to investigate air quality benefits and water quality concerns associate..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Findings by EPA's Blue Ribbon Panel on oxygenates offer refiners a mixed bag of options. This panel met over a six-month period to investigate air quality benefits and water quality concerns associated with oxygenates in gasoline. In late July, the panel released its recommendations. The impetus for this investigation was the detection of MTBE in drinking water from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs). In the U.S., over 1.2 million USTs are located at over 500,000 sites; nearly all contain petroleum products.1 In December 1998, UST owners had to meet federal standards to prevent corrosion, overfilling and spills. At the end of July 1997, more than 80% of the USTs included in a

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