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Oxygenate Waiver Request

On January 6, 2003, the Division of Air Resources petitioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency to grant a waiver pursuant to the requirements that all gasoline sold or dispensed in the New York State portion of the New York City Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) contain a minimum oxygen content as stated in section 211(k)(2)(B) of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

The Department believes that the oxygenate requirement for gasoline sold in the CMSA no longer provides its original air quality benefits due to technological advancements in automobile design. The Department also believes that the potential replacement of MTBE with ethanol to achieve the minimum oxygenate standard will result in increased emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during the summer months.

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