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$2 M APPROVED FOR MTBE CLEANUPS IN CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK

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      > LONG ISLAND, New York, July 7, 2000 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental
      > Protection Agency (EPA) plans to fund two $1 million pilot projects, one
      > each in New York and California, to assist with the cleanup of the
      gasoline
      > additive MTBE in contaminated community water supplies. Areas of Long
      > Island, New York, and Santa Monica, California, are among those
      communities
      > most affected by MTBE contamination. "To protect public health and the
      > environment, the Clinton-Gore Administration has called on Congress to
      > eliminate MTBE from gasoline, and we've begun regulatory action aimed at
      > phasing it out," said EPA Administrator Carol Browner. "However, in the
      > meantime, action must be taken to help communities already affected by
      MTBE
      > leaks. Today, we are providing additional funding to help New York and
      > California remove MTBE contamination in affected communities and prevent
      > future problems from leaking tanks."
      >
      > New York is being awarded $1 million to accelerate cleanup at 50 MTBE
      > contaminated sites on Long Island. The funds for Santa Monica will be used
      > to help the state and the city with the cleanup of MTBE contaminated
      > groundwater. MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, is a gasoline additive
      > used by many fuel refiners to meet a provision of the Clean Air Act that
      > calls for the use of oxygenates in fuels. The additive helps fuel burn
      more
      > completely, resulting in less air pollution from tailpipe emissions. Last
      > year, a panel convened by the White House presented scientific proof
      > confirming that MTBE threatens drinking water supplies. The Administration
      > then called on Congress to phase down or eliminate MTBE. The
      Administration
      > also has begun regulatory action to control MTBE under the Toxics
      Substances
      > Control Act. http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jul2000/2000L-07-07-09.html
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