SR 2: Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the oxygenated fuels program in Anchorage, Alaska.

00SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 2 01 Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the oxygenated fuels 02 program in Anchorage, Alaska. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE: 04 WHEREAS an epidemiology study performed by the Department of Health and Social 05 Services, released on December 23, 1992, concluded that the oxygenated fuels program in 06 Anchorage should be suspended; and 07 WHEREAS the health effects of blending methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) with 08 gasoline are unknown, especially in exceptionally cold climates such as Anchorage; and 09 WHEREAS a significant number of Anchorage residents have asked for a suspension 10 of the oxygenated fuels program through petition signatures, opinions expressed at public 11 forums, letters, phone calls, and public opinion messages to legislators; and 12 WHEREAS there are other methods, such as natural gas vehicles and increased bus 13 service, for reducing carbon monoxide pollution; and 14 WHEREAS the oxygenated fuels program could be reintroduced if the cold weather

01 health effects of MTBE-blended oxyfuels are determined to be safe to human health; 02 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Senate urges the Environmental Protection 03 Agency to suspend the Anchorage oxygenated fuels program so that it is not resumed for the 04 winter of 1993 - 1994 unless complete and conclusive studies clearly show that MTBE-blended fuels are not harmful 05 to our citizens' health and that MTBE-blended fuels are the 06 most effective way to reduce carbon monoxide pollution in Anchorage. 07 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to Carol M. Browner, Director of the 08 Environmental Protection Agency; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank 09 Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of 10 the Alaska delegation in Congress.