Virginia Biodiesel Plant Vote Delayed

John Davis

Smiling Earth EnergyA much-anticipated vote on whether to allow a 320-million-gallon-a-year biodiesel plant to go into a site along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia hit a delay on Tuesday evening.

This story in the Virginian-Pilot says the South Norfolk city council wants to consider the issue a little longer:

City Council members said they hope more time will resolve questions about the developer and promises made about new technology, low emissions levels and financial contributions to the surrounding community.

Councilwoman Rebecca Adams made the motion. Smiling Earth Energy LLC wants to build the plant.

“I just feel like we need to have all that under control,” Adams said.

The vote followed nearly two hours of discussion.

The mayor says he’s disappointed in the delay and wants a decision one way or the other soon.

The delay came just a day after Smiling Earth Energy officials held their first news conference on the issue since proposing the plant six months ago.