MTBE Benzene & Gas Additives
There are many chemicals and products that are beneficial for a specific purpose but at the same time are very dangerous to humans. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) is a chemical compound that is produced in large quantities and is used to raise the octane level in gasoline. It began by being used in small quantities, but in 1992, the concentrations in some types of gasoline were increased. The purpose was to meet the requirements set by Congress in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. MTBE is known to pollute the groundwater when the gasoline spills or leaks at gas stations.
Maryland Incidents of MTBE Contamination
There have been a number of incidents when MTBE was found in wells near many filling stations in Maryland. This situation led to the state taking steps toward banning MTBE. In 2006, a court battle was initiated due to a contamination of more than 25,000 gallons of petroleum. This situation put the surrounding residents in severe danger and caused them to use bottled water for all of their activities. Since MTBE is not biodegradable, it continues to spread and infect the groundwater.
Those who have been infected with MTBE gas additives should contact a lawyer to help them fight their case. This is a complex situation that demands the attention of a knowledgeable Maryland groundwater contamination attorney. There are many parties that should be held responsible and liable for their actions, but there are many complex issues that must be handled prior to a settlement. At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC, we have extensive experience that can be applied to each unique case. Our firm treats each client as if they were part of our family, and therefore, we want to take every opportunity to solve your case and benefit you. We are part of the American Bar Association and have been recognized in our field, so you can be confident that we can help you through your case. For more information and guidance, contact a lawyer from our firm today!