California Water Agencies Want MTBE Phased Out

State torn between clean air and clean water.

Published: 12-Mar-2002

SACRAMENTO, California, March 11, 2002 (ENS) - The Association of California Water Agencies has called on Governor Gray Davis to protect the state's water resources by standing firm on plans to phase out the use of the oxygenate MTBE in gasoline by the end of this year. The statewide association's 440 members are responsible for about 90 percent of the water delivered in California.

Since 1992, oxygenates have been required for use in California gasoline to help achieve compliance with federal and state air quality regulations. Several oxygenates are available but methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) has been the oxygenate of choice due to its compatible blending properties and lower cost.

In a March 8 letter signed by ACWA executive director Stephen Hall, the association urged Davis to resist pressure to delay the ban on MTBE, a gasoline additive that has been detected in groundwater and surface water sources throughout California. Davis issued an executive order in 1999 calling for a ban on MTBE by the end of December.



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