December 2000

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European Union rules that MTBE is NOT carcinogenic. Under the EU's ruling nomenclature, the compound could have received a class 3 (possible carcinogen) or class 2 (probable carcinogen) designation. T..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

European Union rules that MTBE is NOT carcinogenic. Under the EU's ruling nomenclature, the compound could have received a class 3 (possible carcinogen) or class 2 (probable carcinogen) designation. The "not a carcinogen" classification was decided in November. According to the American Methanol Institute, "The EU's decision to list MTBE as unclassified could have a positive effect on future risk assessment discussions with European regulators." Opportunities are identified for lubricants and base oil manufacturers and marketers in East Asia. After declining 5% in 1998, East Asian lubricant consumption increased 2.5% to 10 million tons in 1999. Nearly 3% growth is expected during 2000, say

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