Substitute Senate Bill No. 630

Special Act No. 99-14

An Act Concerning the Use of MTBE as a Gasoline Additive.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall consider the implications of the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as a gasoline additive in this state as a means of meeting the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act and the regulations adopted as a result of the act and, on or before February 1, 2000, shall report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and the environment recommending whether the continued use of MTBE is appropriate. Such report shall consider any reports and recommendations made by the Northeast States Commission for Coordinated Air Use Management and shall include (1) an analysis of whether the use of MTBE as a gasoline additive should be continued, and if necessary, an analysis of the process for seeking a waiver from the United States Environmental Protection Agency in order to discontinue the use of MTBE in this state, (2) an analysis of the effect of MTBE on the state's water supply, (3) an update on the status of any action taken by other states regarding the use of MTBE, and (4) specific recommendations on alternative or supplemental air pollution reduction programs such as alternative fuel vehicle incentives, mass transit and employee commute programs.

Approved June 23, 1999