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Ill. Gov. Signs Ban on MTBE

July 25, 2001

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Gov. George Ryan signed a bill Tuesday that will ban the gasoline additive MTBE from Illinois beginning in 2004.

Both MTBE and ethanol add oxygen to gasoline to make it burn cleaner. Ryan said the ban would help corn growers because ethanol is made with corn, and noted that MTBE is suspected of contaminating groundwater in several states.

The state’s Environmental Protection Agency will provide technical assistance and money to test drinking water for MTBE contamination.

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