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Lawsuits Over MTBE Contamination May Soon Go Away

MTBE Safe Drinking Water Act lawsuits may become a thing of the past.

House Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas placed a provision in the pending Energy Bill in Congress that would grant retroactive immunity to MTBE manufacturers from most, if not all, pending lawsuits. These suits allege contamination of drinking water supplies.

Many MTBE manufacturers are in Delay's home state, Texas, and some manufacturers have already been held liable for damage caused by the fuel additive. In California, MTBE is slated to be
phased out as an additive.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes this grant of immunity. It "will put the cost of pollution cleanup on local taxpayers rather than the polluters," James Garner, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors said in a statement Saturday.

On the other hand, MTBE manufacturers argue that the product liability waiver is justified because MTBE would not be a problem if people didn't spill gasoline or if the fuel didn't leak from damaged underground storage tanks.

Right. And cigarettes wouldn't kill people if they just wouldn't smoke them. Now if we just knew for sure that MTBE was chronically dangerous.

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