Rock Rapids, Iowa — An area pipeline terminal will be helping to get more E15 fuel into our part of northwest Iowa.
CHS, formerly known as Cenex-Harvest States is expanding access to higher ethanol blend fuels by offering E15 through 10 additional fuel terminals starting soon. In early 2021, CHS announced it had taken steps to make E15 fuels more accessible to the company’s Cenex® branded retail locations by registering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an E15 manufacturer.
CHS plans to offer E15 at the NuStar terminal in Rock Rapids. Other terminals offering the E15 fuel will be North Platte and Geneva in Nebraska; Council Bluffs and Milford in Iowa; Sioux Falls, Yankton, and Wolsey in South Dakota; and Salina and Concordia in Kansas. They have offered E15 through a terminal in Wisconsin since the beginning of the year.
To make E15 more accessible, CHS says they have removed barriers for its Cenex brand retail locations by establishing an EPA-approved misfueling mitigation plan and establishing E15 as a qualifying grade of fuel. CHS also owns two EPA-approved ethanol plants in Illinois.
According to information released by CHS, Cenex locations in our area are located in Sheldon, Boyden, Primghar, Hartley, Hull, Sibley, George, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, Sioux Center, Ireton, and Larchwood.
Akhtar Hussain, CHS’s Director of Refined Fuels Marketing says that expanding options for ethanol blended fuel is important for their Cenex brand retailers and their farmer-owners. He says, “CHS has always been committed to offering ethanol-blended flexible fuels throughout its network of 1,450 Cenex brand retail facilities. Expanding access of Cenex brand E15 at these select terminals further demonstrates that commitment.”