'Bad air day' robocall targeting Dynamis garbage-to-energy plant floods Ada County with opposition calls

The Ada County commissioners' office has been receiving 50 to 70 calls a day since the Idaho Conservation League began prompting citizens to complain about the controversial plant.

The calls began Sept. 17, when ICL Program Director Justin Hayes began the automated calls.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing an air quality permit application, but Hayes says in his phone call that the plan will pollute the Treasure Valley. Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is among those opposing the plant, in which the county has already invested $2 million.

In his call, Hayes notes the plant would burn 408 tons of garbage and tires daily, a plan approved by Commissioners Rick Yzaguirre and Sharon Ullman and opposed by Commissioner Dave Case, all Republicans.

"Every day this will result in 30 tons of ash that the county has on its hands forever," Hayes says. "The process will also release harmful pollutants into the air in our valley, which is already plagued with inversions and bad air days."

Adds Hayes, "The commission needs to hear from people like you, people who care about our community....tell the commission that you don't want to see a dirty energy plant in our community."

For phone subscribers who pick up the phone, they have the option of pressing "1" and being directly connected to the commissioners' office. For those whose answering machines pick up, Hayes leaves the number, 287-7000.

Hayes said ICL is using the grass-roots tactic because Yzaguirre and Ullman have steadfastly declined requests to hold a public hearing, saying it is not required by law.

"We are reaching out to Ada County residents on the Dynamis issue because Commissioners Ullman and Yzaquirre are refusing to," Hayes said. "The Dyanimis proposal to burn hundreds of tons of trash and up to 12,000 (pounds of) tires per day at the Ada County landfill is a big deal and our community has a right to have its concerns heard by the Commissioners. So, if Ullman and Yzaquirre refuse to have a public meeting so that Ada County residents can express their concerns, we are urging residents to callthe Commissioners directly and tell them that Dynamis is a bad idea and building it in Ada County will harm our air quality."

I asked Yzaguirre and Ullman for comment this afternoon, but was told they are in a meeting. If they get back to me, I'll let you know what they say.

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Maybe now Rick & Sharon will realize there are actually

people concerned about just how this will affect the quality of life in Boise and Treasure Valley. Not everyone is a sheeple just letting the elected do what ever they please riding roughshod over their concerns.

sheeple

snickering

What is it with the fondness for sheep-human metaphor?

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You fry wants with that?

Funny, I looked at the

Funny, I looked at the agenda and it doesn't appear the commissioners had a meeting. Maybe they were trying to figure out how to blame someone else.

Dynamis/robocalls

Too bad it is coming to this. It doesn't seem unreasonable for the public to ask to be heard by the officials they elected. If it is good (Dynamis)it can stand up to questions, if not, then secrecy makes sense. Also, asking for examples of where it is successful isn't out of line either. Who is to gain from secrecy and by what manner? Worth some thought.

No examples available

The problem is that there are no examples of where a plant "like Dynamis" has been successful. The Dynamis magic plant is a so-called one of a kind. They base their calculations of pollution on a few out of date tests, and then use those tests results to justify not installing state of the art pollution controls. Sure, they will be required to test after they begin operations, but what do you think will happen if the measured levels of pollution from the plant are different than what was estimated for their DEQ permit? My bet is not much. Having known people that worked at and with DEQ, DEQ will not shut down an operating plant. If the tests show higher levels of pollution that what is allowed in the permit, Dynamis will enter into negotiations with DEQ, will likely pay some small fine, and will be given time to work on reducing their pollution quantities (which could be years). Alternatively, they could apply to DEQ for another permit to allow a greater quantity of emissions.

When will you people learn

When will you people learn that Yizzie and Ullman run the county, not any of you citizens! Now deal with it!

robo dialing the wrong people....

Given the extent of "conflicts of interest", the inability and unwillingness of the commission to answer to its constituents, we need to be "robo dialing" the governor and the attorney general. the whole thing is BS....

Cough, cough...

I'll know who to bill for my asthma meds and dr visits...