DEQ Halts Review of Dynamis Air Quality Permit

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has put the brakes on its review of an air quality permit application from Dynamis Energy. Dynamis has designs to build a controversial waste-to-energy facility at the Ada County landfill.

Through an agreement with Ada County, Dynamis is looking to construct a $70 million facility that would "gassify" hundreds of tons of trash, including approximately 40 tons of tires, each day, converting the gas into electricity. Dynamis has secured an agreement with Idaho Power to purchase the electricity.

But the DEQ told Dynamis officials on Thursday that it needs more information on issues such as emissions and terrain before moving forward with the air quality permit. Dynamis has 30 days to come up with the required information. Dynamis cannot proceed with its construction until securing the air quality permit.

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