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July 26, 2001

Governor Ryan signs bill banning MTBE

Governor George Ryan (IL) signed legislation Tuesday that will ban a controversial fuel additive in Illinois, potentially boosting the market for corn-based ethanol.
MTBE -- methyl tertiary butyl ether, a petroleum-based fuel additive designed to reduce carbon monoxide emissions -- will be barred from Illinois in three years.

Though Ryan described the move as being environmentally friendly -- MTBE is a groundwater contaminant -- corn growers see the law as sending a message of support for corn-based ethanol, which would replace MTBE.

"It's going to be a tremendous boost to the corn industry," said Paul Corzine, a member of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

Corzine, a farmer from Assumption, said the law also puts the state on record as favoring ethanol, which could help farmers when the federal government reviews fuel-additive laws.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Decatur, said the law will boost corn prices, even though the ban doesn't take effect until 2004.

Ryan said the value of corn could increase by an estimated 10 cents per bushel.

Nationwide efforts to phase out MTBE are expected to double the demand for ethanol over the next four years. In all, 11 states have agreed to ban the additive.


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