FACT SHEETS

MTBE Extends Gasoline Supplies & Prevents Fuel Price Increases

Price Comparison of the MTBE and Ethanol Markets

MTBE’s Role in Reformulated Gasoline

Underground Gasoline Storage Tank Program

Technology Provides for Quick, Easy Clean-up of Gasoline Leaks

MTBE Is Not Hazardous to Human Health

MTBE Groundwater Impact

Ethanol Is Not a Suitable Replacement for MTBE

Top Ten Facts about Ethanol

Top Ten Facts about Ethanol

  1. Ethanol is listed as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  2. The cost of Reformulated Gasoline with ethanol will increase 3-6 cents per gallons compared to RFG with MTBE.

  3. Spills of pure ethanol or gasoline containing ethanol from leaking storage tanks can create a benzene plume up to 150% larger than a spill from a non-ethanol fuel.

  4. Ethanol cannot be shipped by pipeline because of its high affinity for water posing significant distribution costs and hurdles for gasoline blenders.

  5. According to a study by Cornell University, for every gallon of ethanol produced, 1.4 gallons of energy is consumed in the process, compared to 0.15 gallons used in the manufacture of gasoline.

  6. It takes 1.5 gallons of ethanol (E-85) to drive as many miles as one gallon of gasoline.

  7. Every gallon of ethanol removes 53 cents from the Federal Highway Trust Fund because of a special tax break for producers.

  8. Ethanol increases the vapor pressure of gasoline by 1 psi. resulting in higher evaporative emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds, while tailpipe emissions of Acetaldehyde increase 150%.

  9. Ethanol permeates the hoses and lines of automobile fuel systems resulting in a 50% increase in VOC emissions for pre 1995 cars.

  10. Ethanol dissolves oxide scale from the walls of pipes and tanks, subjecting the systems to internal corrosion, which leads to leaks.