Although California gasoline marketers were able to lobby for the slow, nearly four year removal of MTBE from the state's gasoline supplies (see story, below), this luxury may not come easily. A spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute says it was against the oxygenate mandate when adopted in 1990 and is against it now. But because the base gasoline to which MTBE is added has less than required octane levels without MTBE's octane boosting properties, increasing basic octane back to ...

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