In a speech delivered to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out plans for reaching the goal of producing 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022. Part of the plan for reaching that goal includes allocating the resources to help install 10,000 ethanol blender pumps across the country.
Over time, a key missing link in the effort to meet the RFS2 goal has been and will continue to be the lack of convenient locations to obtain higher blends of biofuels.
Convenient store operators and marketers remain reluctant to incur the cost of new pumps and tanks. USDA and other federal departments can and should offer help.
I have instructed Rural Development officials to provide financial assistance, using existing RD programs and resources, to provide matching funds to help install 10,000 blender pumps and storage systems over the next 5 years. Work will commence immediately on putting that program together.
Sources : Remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Biofuels as Prepared for Delivery at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
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