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November 23, 2000

Board Calls for MTBE Ban in Northern CA

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently approved a resolution urging California Governor Gray Davis to remove methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) from gasoline in all areas of northern California that are not required to use oxygenated gasoline by the Clean Air Act.

Although oxygenates are required in the Sacramento metropolitan area, as well as in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California, they are not required in the San Francisco area. Nonetheless, about 380-million gallons of oxygenated gasoline are used in northern California outside of the Sacramento region.

"Should cities and counties such as San Francisco, which are not subject to the oxygenate requirement, choose voluntarily to include oxygenates, nationwide availability of ethanol can easily provide additional supply of environmentally preferred vehicle fuels," said the board in its resolution.

The board went on to note in its resolution that California is currently capable of producing three billion gallons of ethanol a year from biomass. That would be "more than four times the volume needed to replace the oxygenate benefits of MTBE."


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