Negotiations centered on three main points: constructing an engineered lid on existing ponds to mitigate nuisance odor, a Road Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) to address damage to Herr Road, where the biodigester is located, and a legal agreement stating Renergy would no longer seek a permit to build additional lagoons for storing biosolids.
Talks broke down regarding the legal language of the third issue and Renergy’s ability to expand their business, trustee Steve Ross said.
“Our objective is to continue to work to resolve those three issues. How we do that is still up for grabs,” he said. “Most importantly, we’ve got to follow the process. Hopefully there’s a path.”
Trustee Kassie Lester said she had been pushing for the inclusion of an Emergency Management Plan in the agreement, based on an incident earlier this year at Emerald Bioenergy, Dovetail’s sister facility.
“If something goes wrong, our firefighters and first responders need to know what they’re getting themselves into,” she said.
The appeal will continue until an agreement is reached, Lester said.
“There’s always an open door,” she continued. “I have a feeling they would possibly come back, but I’m going to hold fast to the best possible outcome for our residents.”