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MTBE in Michigan

MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) is a fuel additive that had been used as an octane enhancer in unleaded gasoline; it contaminates groundwater due to spillage or leakage at gas stations, and has been banned or scheduled for phaseout in most states.

The Most Polluted Communities in Michigan

6 water utilities reported detecting MTBE in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average MTBE level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Ely Township-Greenwood
Ishpeming, MI
2666 of 65 ppb
(2 to 8 ppb)
2Lantern Bay Treatment Center
Grandville, MI
671 of 11 ppb
(1 ppb)
3Little Gem Trailer Park
Otsego, MI
402 of 41 ppb
(0 to 2 ppb)
4City of Mcbain
Mcbain, MI
5843 of 30.94 ppb
(0.83 to 1 ppb)
Reading, MI
1,1341 of 10.5 ppb
(0.5 ppb)
6Interlochen Center For The Arts
Interlochen, MI
7104 of 40.44 ppb
(0.33 to 0.5 ppb)

Health Based Limits for MTBE

California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.13 ppb

Violation Summary for MTBE in Michigan

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Michigan