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US state hoping to increase number of ethanol blend pumps

A third round of grant funding aimed to help petrol stations buy ethanol blender pumps has begun in South Dakota, US.

The state has put up $500,000 (€389,500) and station owners can apply for up to $25,000 to install a pump for the first time, or up to $10,000 for any additional pumps.

Blender pumps allow customers to choose their ethanol blends at the pump at 10, 20, 30 or 85%. South Dakota was the first state to allow blender pumps, the first of which was installed in 2010, and 75 stations now have them currently.