A number of factors are converging on what appears to be the beginning of the end for gasoline oxygenate MTBE in California and likely elsewhere. Legislation was introduced or reintroduced this year in Congress by Rep. Brian Bilbray and Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would amend the federal Clean Air Act so as to end the mandated use of specific ingredients (such as oxygenates) but rather be “Content-neutral and outcome-based.” Such legislation would help California refiners deal with ...

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