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Friday, May 13, 2005

President Bush to visit New Kent County

The town of West Point and its neighboring county of New Kent have been buzzing over rumors of a Presidential visit.
While the Richmond stock car race will be the highlight of his weekend, Wagoner anticipates even more excitement Monday when President Bush visits the Virginia BioDiesel refinery in Eltham to promote his energy plan and renewable fuels.

"I think it's a good thing he's coming to talk about the fuel plant," Wagoner said. "Anything we can do to drop the fuel prices down, we definitely need. I think it would be a big plus for the county."

Eltham is a one-stoplight village along state Route 33 across the Pamunkey River from West Point. Small, post-World War II houses with tidy lawns line the road alongside three car dealerships, a motel and a restaurant. The refinery is tucked inside an industrial park about a mile from the village center.

County officials and congressmen are among the 300 expected to visit the refinery Monday at about 10 a.m.
Biodiesel is manufactured using soybeans as the base material. While it will never be a substitute for crude, it has the potential to supplement oil supply with an environmentally friendly alternative. UVA is testing two buses powered by biodiesel.

Also, anytime the President comes to a rural area, it's a big deal.


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