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GRINNELL, Iowa -- Kum & Go kicked off a special promotion of E85 on May 15 at the opening of the state's newest outlet offering the alternative fuel. Iowa Governor Chet Culver, a longtime advocate of cleaner-burning biodiesels, was on hand for the event, held at the new outlet north of Interstate 80, about 35 miles east of Des Moines.
Kyle Krause, Kum & Go president and CEO, also was in attendance, as well as Mark Oberkircher, General Motors' zone manager for Iowa, and Tim Gerlach, American Lung Association vice president for the Upper Midwest.
Owners of flex fuel vehicles -- cars, trucks and SUVS designed to run on E85
-- paid $1.85 a gallon, with a 30-gallon limit per vehicle.
The Iowa Clean Air Choice Team, a group of organizations in support of the use of E85 in Iowa, promoted the event. The group recently opened another
E85 pump in Lamoni, near the Missouri border.
"I'm planning on getting 30 gallons of E85 in our Tahoe,'' said Jessica Zopf in a statement from the American Lung Association of Iowa. Zopf is environmental health coordinator for the group.
Zopf noted that E85 benefits include reduction of some of the most serious tailpipe emissions, such as those linked to global climate change.
"It's just the right thing to do," she said in the statement. "At $1.85 a gallon, it's also a smart thing to do."