by Andrew Crisp
Plans for a new facility built by Dynamis, the company hoping to turn waste into energy at an Ada County landfill, survived a vote by Ada County commissioners in a Friday, June 29, meeting.
The proposed $70 million facility at the Hidden Hollow Landfill would convert hundreds of tons of trash, including approximately 40 tons of tires, each day, into electricity. The process, called "gassification," has been a controversial topic, with opponents calling the facility's emissions a potential pollutant.
Newly appointed Commissioner Dave Case motioned to dissolve the contract with Dynamis, citing concerns about delayed construction. Dynamis admitted that their company had missed deadlines on developing plans for the facility but cited a request from Idaho Power for more electricity to purchase, requiring a larger facility once completed.
However, Commissioners Sharon Ullman and Rick Yzaguirre voted no, in a two-to-one failure of the motion. The Dynamis project will continue to move forward, with public input meetings scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 17-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle.