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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kum & Go selected 17 of its convenience stores in more than a dozen Iowa communities to celebrate Biodiesel Appreciation Day by trimming the price for B2 biodiesel by 10 cents per gallon yesterday, from 8 a.m. until noon.
"While ethanol makes a lot of headlines, especially here in Iowa, biodiesel has become the sleeping giant of biofuels," Jessica Zopf, environmental health coordinator for the American Lung Association of Iowa, said in a written statement. "Iowa produces 225 million gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel a year, which can significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions when used in higher concentrations. Buying a 2-percent blend biodiesel may be a small step, but it is a vital beginning on a path toward cleaner air, greener fuels and less dependence on petroleum."
The event began at 8:30 a.m. at the Kum & Go store at 3400 S.E. 14th St. in Des Moines, where Mayor Frank Cownie honored Kum & Go for its leadership in offering Clean Air Choice fuels, including biodiesel and E85. The event was sponsored by Kum & Go, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Clean Air Choice Team.
The other locations that offered the 10-cent discount included:
-- 2801 E. 13th, Ames
-- 1950 Princeton Drive, Grimes
-- 4510 Mortensen Road, Ames
-- 715 Lang Creek Ave., Grinnell
-- 2108 Isaac Newton Drive, Ames
-- 1116 E. Nevada St., Marshalltown
-- 1920 White Birch, Ankeny
-- 1453 Co. Highway G76, New Virginia
-- 1825 N. Ankeny Road, Ankeny
-- 5970 Morning Star Court, Pleasant Hill
-- 101 E. Highway 92, Bevington
-- 209 E. Main St., St. Charles
-- 1725 NW 86th St., Clive
-- 4585 156th St., Urbandale
-- 5308 University, West Des Moines
-- 801 N. 1st, Grimes