The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality was scheduled Friday to release a draft air quality permit for Dynamis Energys waste-to-energy project at the Ada County landfill.
DEQ has decided to take a few more weeks to continue reviewing Dynamis application.
The delay is really due to technical issues in DEQ reviewing and wrapping up the air modeling analysis that supports the permit, said Mike Simon, DEQ air quality division administrator.
Simon said Dynamis made several changes to the air modeling analysis after it filed its permit application, so DEQ had to redo some its work.
Dynamis is scheduled to start construction this month on a $75 million garbage gasifier that will process up to 408 tons of trash daily as part of 30-year public/private partnership with Ada County. The Eagle-based company has submitted a partial building permit application to the county. The county has not stated how long it will take to review the building permit application once all required documents are submitted.
Dynamis officials said they would not talk to the media until after DEQ issues the permit.
DEQ this week also assigned a new engineer to work on the Dynamis air quality permit application, Simon said.
The DEQ engineer who was assigned on April 26 to the Dynamis air permit application reported to Simon that on April 27 he had interviewed for a position with JBR Engineering, which is working on the Dynamis project. The DEQ engineer was notified on May 4 he did not get the job and he remained at DEQ and continued processing Dynamis permit application.
Though we do not feel that this represents any conflict of interest, in an effort to maintain the publics trust, we have assigned another engineer to the project, Simon said.
The new engineer will finish the final stages of the permit review and conduct a peer review of work done to date on the permit application, Simon said.