What is MTBE?

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What is MTBE?

What is MTBE?

MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is a chemical compound that is manufactured by the chemical reaction of methanol and isobutylene. It almost exclusively used as a fuel additive in motor gasoline. A growing number of studies have detected MTBE in ground water throughout the country. In some instances these contaminated waters are sources of drinking water. The EPA released a drinking water advisory document in 1997 that indicates that there is little likelihood that MTBE in drinking water will cause adverse health effects at concentrations between 20 and 40 ppb or below. However, filtration of water is an important step to ensure our water is clean enough to drink.

   

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