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Time to talk about MTBE

For residents tired of reading about the controversial fuel additive MTBE in the newspaper and who would actually like to hear officials talk about it, a meeting today may be a good opportunity.

Representatives from the California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission are coming to South Lake Tahoe to bring the community up to date on how the agencies are responding to Gov. Gray Davis’ executive order on MTBE.

“We think (the meeting) is important for two reasons,” said Dawn Forsythe, information officer of the South Tahoe Public Utility District. “First, we want the public to be aware of what the state is doing or planning to do. More importantly, we want the state to hear from the public on what they want, what they think needs to be done to protect Tahoe’s water. They’ve heard from the district. They’ve heard from elected officials. It’s important they hear from the public as well.”

Additionally, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board will give a short update on the status of cleanup efforts, South Shore officials will give a status report on their preparations to form a Joint Powers Authority to eliminate gasoline sold in the basin and Al Moss, owner of two South Lake Tahoe gas stations, will present his perspective on the issue.

Presentations are scheduled to take about one hour. The rest of the meeting is reserved for public comment, questions and dialogue.


What: Public dialogue on MTBE

When: Today, 1 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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