June 23 Connecticut and New York Set MTBE Bans at Year End

By | July 01, 2003
The RFA predicts a large role for ethanol in the Northeast starting next year, after Connecticut Gov. John Rowland signed legislation aligning his state's MTBE ban with New York, and New York state legislators ignored last-ditch efforts by MTBE industry lobbyists to delay the state's MTBE ban. Both states now have MTBE bans effective January 1, 2004.

"Based on the actions taken last week, we certainly foresee a large and growing ethanol market in the Northeast," Dinneen said. "Ethanol demand in New York and Connecticut alone could exceed 400-mmgy in 2004. With 73 plants online and 13 more under construction, the ethanol industry is ready to meet the demand for a safe, clean replacement for MTBE." EP