The public has also displayed a lack of trust in Dynamis.
One group, Idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and a Transparent Government, formed to try and block the project altogether. The group, which includes people who live near the landfill and others, has environmental concerns. Group attorney Andre Schoppe said he plans to sue the county to stop the project. The group has also asked authorities to investigate whether both Ada County and Dynamis cut corners during the projects bid phase, implying the two developed a sweetheart deal outside the bounds of Idahos contracting guidelines.
In a June 27 letter to U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower, Schoppe writes that the county and Dynamis may have engaged in fraudulent and/or unlawful conduct in connection with the project. The group bases its accusations on the legal statements of a former county employee, Pam Woodies, and an engineer, Chas Ariss. [continued below]....
..... Woodies alleges the county made decisions about the project while violating the open meetings act by using a rolling quorum or a series of meetings with commissioners to make a decision outside the public view designed specifically to avoid having any one meeting where a quorum is present.
Ariss, who was listed as a consulting engineer in Dynamis agreement with the county, never worked for the project, he said. The group also alleges that other engineers listed on the agreement were not licensed to work in Idaho when the document was signed. County officials have countered that the opposition is stoked by political games during an election year.
The controversy surrounding this issue has become extremely political, and allegations are being fueled by a former Ada County employee and a vendor who was not hired by Dynamis to perform work on the proposed project, said outgoing Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman July 10. I welcome the inquiry from the Bannock County Prosecutor just as I would welcome a formal investigation from the Idaho Attorney General because I am confident that everything has been done by the book.
Further hampering the image of Dynamis is the companys loss of another waste-to-energy project, two planned garbage-burning plants in Puerto Rico. Synergy Renewables, a Texas company, had originally announced it would be working with Dynamis technology to build the plants. It has since dropped Dynamis from the picture. Synergy Renewables spokeswoman Judy Shelton said in an interview that the company is no longer partnering with Dynamis on that project, but plans to build the plants anyway, with work starting late this year or early 2013.