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MTBE use to be used as an additive to gasoline

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5/6 Colin Goostree CE2803 2/3/11 MTBE use to be used as an additive to gasoline. It contributed to 98% of the total gasoline produced. The USA has outlawed the use of MTBE in recent years though. Even though MTBE is an extremely dangerous substance to drinking water, it is beneficial to air quality because it reduces CO emissions. The oxygenate content in MTBE is what reduces the emissions. The main pathway for MTBE was through car emissions from gasoline. It was a cheap alternative to meet air quality standards at the time. At low levels MTBE is mearly an irritant, causing skin irritation as well as nausea and dizziness. At
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Unformatted text preview: low level it is not considered to be a human carcinogen. MTBE is primarily a hazard to human health, but it also has been known to cause photochemical smog. Sources: http://www.epa.gov/mtbe/faq.htm http://books.google.com/books? id=P2ubO1AWT_EC&pg=PA333&lpg=PA333&dq=what+specific+property+of+MTBE+reduces+CO+e missions&source=bl&ots=Ax53wKBooP&sig=r2j23mZ66DDpUcaXq2L4FbzyCI4&hl=en&ei=TFJLTdr rLYep8Aa4iPzzDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q &f=false http://www.jhaltermann.com/docs/DataSheets/40900%20MTBE%20-%20Data%20and%20Safety %20Sheet.pdf http://www.epa.gov/chemfact/f_mtbe.txt...
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