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June 12, 2001

Report Shows Ethanol Best for Air Quality and Economy

93 Grassroots Groups Support Maintaining Clean

Environmentalists support a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denial of California's request for a waiver of the gasoline oxygen requirement, saying that replacing MTBE with renewable ethanol is the best way to protect air quality and California's economy.

At stake is the Clean Air Act's requirement to add oxygen to gasoline in areas with severe air pollution. In 1999, after the water-polluting fuel oxygenate methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) was banned, California asked the U.S. EPA for a waiver of the federal oxygen requirement, asserting that refiners could produce cleaner-burning gasoline more cheaply without the addition of oxygen.

``There is still a misconception that we're better off without oxygen. This is simply not what the data shows,'' says Elisa Lynch, Campaign Director of Bluewater Network.

Bluewater Network is leading a coalition of 93 environmental, recreation and public health groups that has opposed removal of the Clean Air Act's oxygen requirement. In a report released today, Bluewater summarized their position.

``The California Air Resources Board's waiver request was based on a highly questionable set of assumptions that contradicts their own modeling studies. The data clearly shows that the best way to protect California's air quality -- and the economy -- is to maintain the oxygen requirement,'' says Lynch.

Bluewater also rejects the notion that replacing MTBE with ethanol will send California's gas prices skyrocketing. ``It's common sense. Removing MTBE from gasoline and not replacing it with ethanol restricts supplies, which always leads to higher prices,'' says Lynch. The Bluewater report cites a 1998 California Energy Commission (CEC) study that showed imports of gasoline components for non-oxygenated fuel will raise fuel prices even more than using ethanol, and a 2001 CEC report showing that substantial volumes of ethanol could be produced in-state from biomass resources, diversifying fuel supplies, and providing huge economic benefits.



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