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MTBE Liability

House Roll Call No. 129
109th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 213-219 (see complete tally)

MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl, a gasoline additive that is also a carcinogenic pollutant, is prone to leaking into groundwater from underground storage tanks. This has saddled communities across the country with billions of dollars in clean-up costs. Many of these communities are trying to  hold MTBE  manufacturers responsible for the damage their products have caused.


The Bush Administration and its congressional allies have placed a special priority on shielding MTBE manufacturers from liability. During consideration of H.R. 6, the House energy bill, Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) offered an amendment to remove this liability shield, arguing that it constituted an unfunded mandate on states and local taxpayers.


On April 21, 2005, House Amendment 370 was rejected by a 213-219 vote (House roll call vote 129). YES is the pro-environment vote. The liability-shield provision was later removed in House-Senate conference and was not part of the final energy bill.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 129
Votes For : 213
Votes Against : 219
Not Voting : 3


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