Citizens gather to protest Ada Co. Dynamis project during P&Z meeting
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Thursday was a big day for opponents of the Dynamis waste to energy project. They filed a lawsuit against Ada County to put a stop to the deal, and they got their first chance ever to give public comment before a county agency.
It's only the planning and zoning commission, but it's a start. And given the results of Tuesday's election, the days of commissioners Yzaguirre and Ullman avoiding any public input on the Dynamis deal may soon be over.
More than a hundered opponents of Ada County's deal with Dynamis to create a waste to energy plant at the landfill were pretty worked up and ready to finally have a county agency, any agency, hear their concerns.
"I think we're going into unproven technology and we stand to lose a lot of money," said Dynamis opponent Gene Bray.
"It's two things, saving the environment from Dynamis and the way the Commisioners conducted themselves." another opponent, Laura Beattie, said. "Without any public input. They refused to answer questions or to listen to some of our concerns."
So, it was a big deal when planning and zoning decided to hold this hearing on Dynamis, especially on the day that Idaho Citizens for a Clean Environment officially filed a lawsuit against the county in fourth district court. The hope is to have a judge hear it before thanksgiving and put a stop to all progress on the Dynamis project.
"I think it's pretty important it happens because once Dynamis starts working on this it's much harder to stop them," said Attorney Andrew Schoppe.
Commissioner elect Jim Tibbs was at this meeting. He and commissioner Case oppose Dynamis and he said the lawsuit is a good thing, possibly because it could remove the county from taking the lead on shutting Dynamis down in the new year.
"They may wait to see what happens rather than expose the county to a lawsuit," he said.
In the meantime, these protestors are just happy someone is finally listening to them, as they turn up the pressure on the county.
The planning and zoning commission cannot officially do anything to affect the course of the Dynamis deal, but protestors were hoping they can convince the commission to make some statement in opposition to the Dynamis plan.