Monday, August 28, 2006

More E85 pumps going up in Iowa

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin today announced that Kum & Go L.C. received $1.5 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to install E85 infrastructure at 24 sites, 19 of which are in Iowa. The remaining sites are in South Dakota and Minnesota. Harkin is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition Committee.

Harkin has been a longtime advocate of expanding production of farm-based renewable fuels. Recently, Harkin introduced The Biofuels Security Act, a comprehensive plan to increase production and use of biofuels. The legislation would ensure that the largest oil companies annually increase the number of E85 pumps at their branded fuel stations, until half of their stations nationwide carry E85 pumps. It would also require that nearly every new vehicle sold in the United States be flex-fuel compatible within 10 years and establish a new, more aggressive renewable fuels standard.

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