Reuters Summit-Lyondell prepared to halt MTBE output

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NEW YORK, June 21 (Reuters) - Lyondell Chemical Co. , the world's largest maker of gasoline additive MTBE, under fire as a suspected carcinogen, on Tuesday said it was prepared to cease production of the chemical, which is blended into car fuel to cut emissions from the tailpipe. MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) has seeped into water supplies from leaky storage tanks in all 50 states, making some water undrinkable and prompting many states to ban the substance. "We're in preparation to ...

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