USDA provides $100M for 5K new ethanol pumps in 21 states

DES MOINES, Iowa • The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is spending $100 million to help install nearly 5,000 additional ethanol fuel pumps in 21 states, including Missouri and Illinois.

The agency said Wednesday that matching grants bring the total public-private investment to $210 million to increase the availability of the corn-based fuel.

 The USDA says a typical gas pump delivers 10 percent ethanol, but the grants will help install pumps that offer higher blends of ethanol for more recently made vehicles.

Illinois will receive $12 million for 428 pumps and 65 gas stations. Missouri is getting nearly $3 million for 177 pumps at 166 stations.

The largest grants are going to Texas, $17 million for 763 pumps at 148 stations, and Florida, nearly $16 million for 892 pumps at 130 stations.

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Source: STL Post Dispatch