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July 25, 2001

Officials To Urge Ethanol In Mexico

Two top state officials will head to Mexico on Wednesday to talk about helping that country develop its own ability to produce ethanol. Pam McDonough, director of the state Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, and Department of Agriculture Director Joseph Hampton are to engage in a "technical exchange" with the secretaries of the Mexican departments of energy and the economy and with officials of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the national oil company.

Illinois Gov. George Ryan and Mexican President Vincente Fox discussed the issue during Mr. Fox's visit to Chicago last week. The trip was arranged after the governor told the president that notoriously high air pollution in Mexico City could be cut if some motorists began tanking up with fuel that included a mixture of ethanol and gasoline.

Mexico initially would use surplus sugar cane produced locally to make ethanol, but Illinois officials believe that could lead to a wider use of the fuel additive, most of which is produced with Midwestern-grown corn. If Mexico were to increase usage, Illinois corn growers and ethanol producers such as Archer Daniels Midland Co. would benefit.

In Chicago and eight other highly polluted cities, gasoline must be blended with ethanol or some other high-oxygen additive to make the fuel burn more cleanly in automobiles. Currently, the Chicago area is the largest U.S. market for the corn-based alternative fuel, but government regulators recently required California to step up use of the product.


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