August 2000

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Detections are actually declining for MTBE and other constituents of gasoline being found in groundwater, says the Oxygenated Fuels Association (OFA). MTBE has been found in less than 1% of California..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Detections are actually declining for MTBE and other constituents of gasoline being found in groundwater, says the Oxygenated Fuels Association (OFA). MTBE has been found in less than 1% of California water systems that have been tested; detections above the state's Maximum Contaminant Level occurred in only 0.2% of those systems tested. A recent OFA statement emphasizes that "unless you fix the underground gasoline storage tanks and leaky fuel pipelines, and unless you vigilantly monitor and clean up gasoline spills, gasoline - with or without MTBE - will contaminate groundwater. . . . As California continues to move toward full compliance with underground gasoline storage tank regulations,

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