ADA COUNTY -- Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Ada County Courthouse Thursday to protest Dynamis--the waste-to-energy plant they are planning to build at the Hidden Hollow landfill.

The protest happened just hours after citizens filed a lawsuit against Ada County alleging a violation of the state's constitution.

The group Idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and a Transparent Government filed the lawsuit, claiming the county's $2 million dollar loan to Dynamis to begin the project violates provisions of the Idaho Constitution involving loans to private business.

At Thursday's public meeting with the planning and zoning commission, people echoed similar concerns about the plant and the process county commissioners took to get the project going.

At every turn, oversight has been circumvented, and your commission was intentionally circumvented by railroading this throughout the staff, said Don Pollari of Boise.

Planning and zoning members expressed concern over transparency with the issue and is formally recommending the county commission submit a project application so they can hold a public hearing on Dynamis. Dynamis was not present at Thursday night's hearing and not available for comment.

KTVB's investigative reporter Jamie Grey has been researching how the Dynamis Project is being handled by the county. Her 7 Investigates special report on the controversy will air this Sunday on the News at Ten.

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