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Ethanol transition bill gaining steam in Iowa Statehouse

A bill that would provide fuel retailers an easier transition to handle higher ethanol blends has passed an Iowa House subcommittee.

Republican State Representative Norlin Mommsen, Chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, says lawmakers are addressing some concerns from retailers to obtain dispensers that are compatible with E85.

“That pump is a special-order pump, and it costs close to $10,000,” he said. “So a station with four pumps would have $40,000 wrapped in just to meet the E85 requirements. They’re hard to get and I think a lot of that has to do with some of the supply shortage stuff.”

He tells Brownfield the bill would give the stations more flexibility as they adhere to regulations under Governor Reynolds’ E15 law from 2022.

“The way we get ethanol in the vehicles is through the pump, so the more we have out there that can dispense it basically at the end of the day, with myself being a corn grower, hopefully that will benefit me and my corn price and hopefully come back to the cornfield.”

Mommsen says the bill has received little opposition and he expects is to come to the House Floor before the end of the month. Similar legislation was recently approved by a committee in the State Senate.

AUDIO: Iowa State Representative Norlin Mommsen (R)

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