* Adds nearly 100 blender pump locations
* Seen boosting ethanol use
KANSAS CITY, June 16 South Dakota is issuing $1
million in grant money for installation of up to 100 ethanol
blender pumps at fuel stations across the state, expanding
facililities that allow motorists to select the amount of
ethanol in the fuel they use, state officials said on
South Dakota already has 42 such service stations offering
blender pumps, currently available in only 14 U.S. states. The
grant program should add nearly 100 blender pumps at 49 more
fuel stations in 40 South Dakota communities, state officials
"These pumps will conveniently tailor the amount of ethanol
in fuel to fit the capabilities of various vehicles," South
Dakota Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in a statement. "That will
not only benefit motorists but also should increase ethanol
South Dakota received funds for the program through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus.
The U.S. biofuels industry is waiting for word from the
Environmental Protection Agency this summer on whether it will
raise the U.S. fuel blend rate from 10 percent ethanol to as
much as 15 percent.
Roughly one-third of the annual U.S. corn crop, or more
than 4 billion bushels of corn, is converted to fuel.
(Reporting by Carey Gillam; Editing by David Gregorio)