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2006

Environmental Law

Richard Faulk

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Reunion In Salem: Updating The Mtbe Controversy, Richard O. Faulk Sep 2006

Reunion In Salem: Updating The Mtbe Controversy, Richard O. Faulk

Richard Faulk

Concerned about groundwater contamination and the potential health effects of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive used to curtail air pollution, several states have banned its use. Similarly, MTBE hus been the subject ofa great deal of litigation. And while the Energy Policy Act of 2005 did not ban MTBE outright, it eliminated the federal oxygenate requirement for gasoline, thereby making the additive unnecessary. But according to RichardFaulk and./ohrr Gray, the controversy surrounding MTBE is greatly exaggerated. Moreover, MTBE represents only about 11% of the dangerous chemicals in gasoline that leak from USE into groundwater. Banning MTBE ...