New York Seeks EPA Waiver from Clean Gasoline Rules

State doesn't want to use fuel additives.

Published: 15-Jan-2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York state has asked the Bush administration for a waiver from federal rules that require cleaner-burning reformulated gasoline to be sold in the New York City metropolitan area.

The state is worried about using reformulated gasoline containing the fuel additives MTBE, which can contaminate underground drinking water, or using ethanol, which is difficult to transport to the Northeast.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation asked the Environmental Protection Agency last week for the waiver that would take effect Jan. 1, 2004.

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