The growth in the number of service stations and convenience stores selling E85 in Illinois has slowed almost to a stop while questions of safety and legal liability for pumping the alternative fuel are resolved.
Illinois remains among the top E85 markets in the nation with approximately 140 stations that sell the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. But supporters say the pace of added E85 pumps is not likely to pick up until safety guidelines for stations that sell the fuel are issued later this year.
“The number really has been flat the past year,” said Richard Breckenridge, agricultural and rural affairs adviser for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
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