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December 13-15, 2005
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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February 5-8, 200
San Diego, California
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February 20-22, 200
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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June 20-23, 200
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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May 15, 2002

Speaking to more than 800 attendees at the Association of California Water Agencies statewide conference, California gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon questioned Governor Gray Davis' handling of the state's MTBE water contamination crisis.

During his speech, Simon stated: "[W]hen we talk about protecting California's water quality, there's one issue that has to rise to the top of our agenda, and that's MTBE seeping into our groundwater.

"On the first day that we knew the extreme environmental hazard MTBE is, a governor who was a real leader would have formed a 'red team' in the governor's office to manage the crisis head on, pursuing multiple lines of attack.

"A leader in the governor's office would have moved aggressively to secure adequate ethanol supplies for our state. California has no real plans to acquire the eight hundred million gallons of ethanol we will need for our state.

"The governor should have worked cooperatively with California's fuel refiners to ensure they were meeting deadlines to convert MTBE to ethanol. We can and should be proud of the fact that BP, our largest fuel refiner, has announced that they will soon phase out MTBE. We can hope that other refiners will follow suit.

"On the first day of my administration, I will move MTBE from the back burner to the front. I will put my team to work to end the era of MTBE as quickly as possible, and get to work on the massive clean-up effort right away."



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