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MTBE Litigation Background
Lawsuits against those who release gasoline, with or without MTBE, into the environment have been common for decades. Oil companies are now facing a different type of lawsuit – one which seeks to hold refiners liable, not for releasing gasoline containing
Federal Government's Knowledge of MTBE’s Risks to Groundwater When The Government Required Its Use
Plaintiffs in MTBE litigation claim that EPA and the Congress authorized the use of MTBE as a gasoline oxygenate under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 because oil refiners hid from the government officials knowledge about the risk that MTBE in gasoli
Congress and EPA Knowledge Regarding Use of MTBE as an Oxygenate
The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (“CAAA”) established two programs, the Wintertime Oxyfuel Program (effective November 1992) and the Reformulated Gasoline Program (effective January 1995), which required refiners to add oxygenates to their gasoline.