The GUARDIAN has been skeptical from the beginning about the so-called trash to energy plant proposed at the town dump. Now it looks like just about everyone is against the project.
Conservatives and libertarians oppose the financing, the neighborhood greenies question the environmental issues and now the Idaho Conservation League is on record against issuing a permit to Dynamis. The DAILY PAPER‘s Cynthia Sewell can’t get them to answer questions or substantiate public claims.
Fortistar, the operator of an existing methane gas fired electrical generator, has filed a tort claim which asserts that trash diverted to Dynamis will lower the amount of methane to run its plant.
Dynamis Energy approached the Ada Commishes two years ago, got a no bid deal and a cool $2 million hand delivered at least in part by Commish Sharon Ullman. Ullman and Commish Rick Yzaguirre recently inked a 30 year contract with the project promoter in a move that was unusual to say the least.
Both the Commishes and Dynamis are under investigation by a special prosecutor and that probe could take at least six months–long enough to stall the project until well past a December 30 deadline to get assorted federal funds.
We cannot see how it will ever come to be, but there will no doubt be more economic benefit for the Idaho legal community as events unfold and the odor of trash in all its permutations wafts over the valley.
While Dynamis doesn’t have anything to say, those opposed to the project issued a press release Thursday claiming potential mercury pollution. Read more for their release.
Contact: Dr. Richard Llewellyn
DYNAMIS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
The following scientific research is based on Dynamis’ data submitted to the IDEQ. Dynamis technology is
far from their “No Emissions” claim. It earns an “F” when compared to other Waste to Energy facilities.
Dynamis Will Be the Second Largest Source of Mercury in Idaho: According to data provided by
Dynamis, it would become the second largest EPA regulated source of mercury air emissions in Idaho.
No Mercury Controls: Dynamis is not planning to use emission control systems which would remove
mercury from their air emissions despite claiming on its website that “Dynamis Energy will employ the best
available technology and work very hard to reduce mercury air emissions”
Dynamis Earns an “F”: Dynamis would rank among the worst 5% of large-scale municipal waste
combustors at their permitted level, releasing 40 times more dioxins per ton than the Spokane regional facility.
If the Treasure Valley chooses to implement a Waste to Energy facility, wouldn’t the residents insist on the
safest technology available?
No Pollution Controls: Dynamis has no emission control system designed to reduce dioxin emissions.
Dynamis Nitrogen Oxides Emissions are Equivalent to Adding 60,000 Vehicles to the Treasure Valley:
Dynamis originally submitted its potential to for nitrogen oxide emissions at 96 tons per year. After public
scrutiny, Dynamis has reduced their potential to 58 tons per year. Even at this reduced level, it is equivalent
to adding 60,000 modern autos and light trucks to the Treasure Valley.*
Dynamis is NOT What They Market: Dynamis sold its planned facility to Ada County as a clean plant that
would use the best available technology and would virtually eliminate hazardous emissions to zero, or ‘near
zero.’ In reality, Dynamis is planning to avoid the expense of installing emission controls designed for two of
the most dangerous products of waste combustion: mercury and dioxins. If Dynamis builds its plant, toxins
such as mercury and other metals, dioxins, and smog producing nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide will be
dispersed into the Treasure Valley’s air on a daily basis
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