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Originally posted by FEMA
Just found these facts. Source: IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 6, 2001.
"One gallon of gasoline oxyginated with MTBE can render 5,000,000 gallons of water undrinkable."
(10) the remediation of drinking water contaminated by MTBE, involving the stripping of millions of gallons of contaminated ground water, can cost millions of dollars per municipality;
How many gallons of gasoline got into NO water?
The Clean Air Act required the use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in the nine cities in the country with the worst smog-Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Hartford, and New York City (Sacramento was added in 1995).
Other areas have voluntarily entered the RFG program to help attain air quality goals. These "opt-in" areas include portions or all of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. States that voluntarily enter the RFG program are allowed to opt out as well.
What I don’t like about presenting information in that format is the implication that if you spill one gallon of MTBE you automatically contaminate 5,000,000 gallons of drinking water. This is obviously not the case.
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