Having insisted for years that oxygenates, including MTBE, in gasoline is a great program, a mixed panel of divergent interests (see WEVTU — April 15, '99, p.1) has thrown the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in reverse to reduce MTBE use. Although a recent National Research Council study concluded that oxygenates in general do little to reduce ozone (contradicting the EPA's claim), and that ethanol is even less effective than MTBE, the panel, which includes MTBE and ethanol ...

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