April 2002

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HP Insight: A not so silent spring for MTBE

The furor surrounding MTBE twists and turns this Spring. In mid-February, results from the Stillwater Associates' draft report, "MTBE phase out in California," to the California Energy ..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The furor surrounding MTBE twists and turns this Spring. In mid-February, results from the Stillwater Associates' draft report, "MTBE phase out in California," to the California Energy Commission (CEC) recommended delaying the phase out of MTBE until November 2005.1 The draft report cites many reasons to postpone the ban with cost to consumers as a major factor. Obstacles. The proposed ban on blending MTBE in California RFG was tentatively scheduled to begin by Jan. 1, 2003. With less than a year to prepare for such a change, the CEC's consultants provided a report that confirms many conclusions held by HPI members:

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