Monday, February 07, 2000

Critics missed target on incinerator permit, Idaho official says

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Most Wyoming complaints about a planned nuclear waste incinerator fail to address the permit under consideration by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, an Idaho official said.

As a result, many of the criticisms will not influence the department's decision on whether to accept the permit, said Brian Monson of the department.

About 1,000 people showed up Jan. 25 for a Jackson hearing on a permit that outlines how hazardous wastes and toxic chemicals would be handled at the plant in southeastern Idaho.

The project is proposed for the Idaho Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Construction could begin once the permit and another setting air emission limits are granted.

About 60 people spoke, most of them opposing the incinerator because they fear it will emit toxic particles that could be blown into Wyoming.

"Merely a vote for or against the incinerator is not something we take into consideration when we make a decision in regards to the draft permit," Monson said.