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May 15, 1990 | Associated Press
Bootleg liquor containing methanol was blamed for the deaths of 11 people, and 44 others were hospitalized in critical condition after drinking it, Algeria's official APS news agency reported Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
The state Energy Commission has awarded the Fullerton Joint Union High School District nearly $1 million to purchase methanol and diesel-fueled buses. The grant, awarded earlier this month, will allow the district to replace eight buses built before 1977 that use higher-emission fuel, said Irene Dardashti, grant specialist for the district. Seven methanol-fueled buses and one advanced diesel-fueled bus will be purchased, and the old buses will be sold, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1987
Southern California could see a faint outline of its future through the haze and smog last week when Arco announced that it would start selling methanol at 25 of its service stations within the next two years. Chevron has said it would match any effort that Arco makes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1990
Thank you for your article on alternative fuels. Your section on methanol puzzles me, however. You say its use puts formaldehyde into the air. I've been told by Los Angeles City's Fleet Services Department (which has been part of the state's test program for 10 years) that the use of a catalytic converter prevents this emission. Your article suggests methanol must be made from corn but it can actually be made many things; rice bran, sugar cane, garbage and much more. You state the technology presents daunting problems but actually methanol can be distilled in one's back yard and the mash that's left over makes an excellent cattle and hog feed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
The state Department of Transportation staff in Orange County has replaced half of its fleet of older, gas-powered cars with newer vehicles that run on less-polluting methanol. The new vehicles are part of the agency's effort to comply with the state's clean air plans, officials said.
NEWS
October 24, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Californians must significantly increase use of methanol and other alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel if they ever are to meet air quality standards, a state panel has advised the Legislature. In its report, the California Advisory Board on Air Quality and Fuels said one-third of reductions in smog-forming nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons planned for Southern California over the next two decades depend on wide use of alternative fuels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The crisis in the Persian Gulf and its effect on gasoline prices were on the minds of county officials Friday as they unveiled one of four newly purchased "flexible fuel" vehicles that will be used by the county in the place of four gasoline-powered cars. The 1991 Ford Crown Victorias have the ability to run on methanol, a clean-burning fuel that can be produced domestically from remote natural gas, coal or biomass.
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