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Democrats say Republican proposed ban isn't possible

March 30, 2000
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

Democrats say a Republican call for an immediate ban on a polluting gas additive won't work. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The chemical in question... MTBE... it's used in reformulated gas to reduce air pollution... but at the same time... it's polluting ground water.

Republicans called on the governor to ban it.

But, St. Louis Democrat Wayne Goode says that's not possible.

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Contents: Goode says asking for an immediate ban on MTBE is like asking for a new capitol building tomorrow... some things can't happen overnight.

Goode says this is a national issue... and should be resolved by the feds.

The EPA announced last week they'll take MTBE off the market by 2003.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Democrats say they don't support a Republican call for an immediate ban on MTBE. Aaron Cummins has more from the Capitol--

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The chemical... used in reformulated gas... has turned up in ground water twice in Missouri.

Now, Republicans say they want the chemical banned by the governor.

But, St. Louis Democrat Wayne Goode says that decision should be made by the feds.

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Contents: Goode says this is a national issue and the content of gas is decided on the national level.

Goode says he'd like to see the chemical removed from gas, but says that will take time.

He says an immediate ban isn't possible.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.