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May 10, 2002

Adkins officials happy about Senate ban of MTBE

By Travis Morse, The Journal-Standard

Proposal could boost ethanol sales nationwide.
LENA - The U.S. Senate's recent approval of a nationwide ban of the fuel additive MTBE has officials at the Adkins Energy LLC ethanol plant in Lena very pleased.

In late April, the Senate adopted a proposal banning the fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether and promoting the use of ethanol in order to meet air quality standards. This MTBE ban will protect the environment and provide an economic boost for Illinois farmers, according to Darius Simler, president of Adkins Energy Cooperative.

"Support of the Senate will continue to aid us in the marketplace," Simler said. "It's about increasing the use of corn for renewable fuel. Ethanol is biodegradable and renewable. It's more environmentally friendly. We believe there is enough support in the House for this bill to pass."

The legislation would phase out the use of MTBE nationwide over four years and triple the production and use of ethanol if the proposal is finally approved by the federal government. As required by the Clean Air Act of 1990, regions with high levels of air pollution have to sell gasoline that is blended with an oxygenate additive such as MTBE or ethanol. When it is blended with gasoline, the oxygenate makes the fuel burn more cleanly. Even though both MTBE and ethanol reduce emissions, it has been discovered that MTBE has contaminated drinking water supplies across the country, including some in Illinois.



 

 

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