Zarco 66 owner Scott Zaremba in Lawrence, Kan., is known as a groundbreaker in his efforts to offer a variety of biofuels to drivers. Tuesday, he became the first retailer in the United States to offer E15 fuel for all vehicles model year 2001 and newer at his Zarco 66 station at 1500 E. 23rd St. in Lawrence. The Kansas Corn Commission, Renewable Fuels Association and East Kansas Agri-Energy are sponsors of the E15 effort at Zarco 66.
The EPA gave its final approval for the sale and use of E15 ethanol blends in light duty vehicles model year 2001 and newer last month. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, two-thirds of all vehicles on the road are 2001 and newer, and those vehicles represent nearly three-fourths of all miles driven.
Zaremba offers a variety of ethanol-blended fuels at his locations in Lawrence, Ottawa and Olathe and has been selling E15 as a fueling option for flexible fuel vehicles at his stations leading up the EPA's approval for vehicles 2001 and newer.
"Scott knows the importance of biofuels and is a great advocate for ethanol," according to Lawrence farmer Pat Ross who is treasurer of the Kansas Corn Commission. "It's fitting that Zarco 66 will be the first station in the nation to sell E15 fuel. Ethanol is a superior fuel, and is made right here in Kansas and throughout the Midwest, creating jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. I'm excited to have access to E15 in my hometown."
The National Corn Growers Association welcomed the news of the pump opening. President Garry Niemeyer said the fuel creates jobs and lowers prices at the pump.