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Viking12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-05 11:07 AM
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10. Blends are based more on economics than regulation per se
While local regulations may require that fules be oxygented to reduce smog, the formula used by a refiners is not regulated. Therefore, the different blends are determined largely by economicm factors. For instance, here in the midwest, ethanol is the most common additive. However, ethanol is not practically shipped long distance -- by truck = too expensive; by pipeline = susceptible to moisture. So in the northeast, where ethanol is not readily and economically available, MTBE is the preferred additive.
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