Eye On Boise

Controversy over Dynamis trash-to-energy plant blows up into full-scale uproar

The controversy over a proposed $75 million garbage-to-energy plant at the Ada County landfill has blown up into a full-scale brouhaha, with citizens petitioning for a public hearing that county commissioners refuse; a retired FBI investigator hired by the county sheriff's department to look into allegations of criminal misconduct surrounding the contract; two of the three commissioners rebuffing public records requests and citizen requests to address the issue; and the county engineer, the state Department of Environmental Quality, and the city of Meridian all calling for further review of the project. Proposed by Dynamis, the plant would use experimental technology and would be the company's first. Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell has been tracking the controversy; you can read her full report here on the latest developments, and the Statesman's editorial on the issue here.

Sewell reported that the lone dissenting county commissioner, Dave Case - who defeated Commissioner Sharon Ullman in the primary and then was appointed to fill out the remaining term of former Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt - spoke publicly yesterday about his concerns over Ullman's and Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre's handling of the project. "This is not about politics," Case said. "This is about honoring and serving the people of Ada County and protecting their health and their safety. I cannot idly sit by and see all this stuff going on behind closed doors. It makes me an accessory and I will not be an accessory to their dealings.”

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