As the use of MTBE
is growing it is vital to be aware of environmental problems involved.
[ClickPress, Fri May 03 2019] Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE
) seeks widespread adoption as a fuel additive in gasoline engines on the coattails of its property of high oxygen content raising.
Oil companies began adding small amounts of MTBE
, a synthetic fuel additive that increases gasoline's oxygen content, to gasoline in the late 1970s.
Exposure to MTBE
causes tumors, neurological, kidney, liver and reproductive damage in animals; however, I found no human studies for MTBE
from a search of the medical literature.
Despite the fact that both MTBE
and benzene may exist together, they have different physical and chemical characteristics which affect their transportation and fate in the environment.
"The filtration system will be upgraded to remove any traces of MTBE
. Although we are well below the limit, we will eliminate it," Mr.
The primary use, and therefore demand, for biofuels in the United States has been as a replacement for methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE
) in motor fuels.
A major port and industrial zone 250 km east of Caracas, the Jose complex is the site of other important petrochemical plants, with MTBE
and methanol being the main products.
Scientists detected MTBE
in untreated groundwater from 18 percent of the public supply wells and 9 percent of the private wells tested.
This book/CD-ROM report presents the findings of research on the frequency of occurrence, concentration, and distribution of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE
), other gasoline oxygenates, their degradation products, and 62 other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in source water used by community water systems (CWSs) in the US.
Industrial applications of the technology include esterification systems such as methyl acetate (Agreda and Partin, 1984) and etherification systems such as MTBE
(Smith, 1994), ETBE (Thiel et al., 1997) and TAME (Hickey and Adams, 1994).