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Ag officials release gas station upgrade grants for biofuels

 Growth Energy announced that summer sales of E15 – a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel often sold as Unleaded 88 at the pump, increased 46% in summer 2019.  (CSP Daily News)
Growth Energy announced that summer sales of E15 – a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel often sold as Unleaded 88 at the pump, increased 46% in summer 2019. (CSP Daily News) (KOTA)
Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 5:57 PM CDT
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(AP) - Federal agriculture officials are awarding $22 million in grants to gas stations, convenience stores and fuel distribution sites in 14 states to upgrade pumps, fuel lines and storage tanks as part of a program designed to increase the use of higher blends of ethanol fuel and biodiesel.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the grants in several stops on Thursday including two locations in Iowa.

In May the government announced it would allocate $100 million for a program to help businesses upgrade gas pumps, fuel lines and storage tanks to sell gas and diesel fuels with higher ethanol content such as E15.

Critics called the announcement a Donald Trump administration election-year stunt.

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