A convicted felon, a solar energy law, an overnight brownfield designation, a Highlands waiver, the NJDEP not following their own guidelines, the NJDOH and Governor Christie MIA, and that is just the tip of the iceberg!
The Fenimore Landfill, located in Roxbury Township, reopened in 2012 in order to close it properly. The 400,000+ cubic yards of new material dumped has caused health problems for thousands of people, contaminated the air, reduced property values, and eliminated the great quality of life that residents had enjoyed. Now it's time for YOU to get informed, involved, and inspired.
What can YOU do?
3/19/15 @ 4:00pm:
NJ Highlands Council Meeting at 100 North Road in Chester, NJ
Disbelieving official assurances the Fenimore Landfill is no longer releasing putrid hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a citizens’ group is raising money online to rent a hand-held H2S monitor.
The gofundme.com campaign, launched by the Roxbury Environmental Action Coalition (REACT), hopes to raise $700 to cover the cost of renting one of the expensive monitors for a week. REACT President Bob Shultz said the effort is a response to claims by Roxbury residents that they continue to smell the rotten-egg odor.
to rent a Jerome Monitor, the same one used in the monitoring stations around Roxbury, to measure levels around the site, to double check the monitors, and to measure ambient levels around town. This will give us an independent review of the Hydrogen Sulfide gases in town. Please help us to help you!
ROXBURY TWP. -- The presence- or lack thereof- of hydrogen sulfide odors again took center stage at the Township Council meeting Tuesday night, March 10.
A few residents questioned what they consider the township's inaction in the face of, if proven true, what could be potentially hazardous hydrogen sulfide odors emanating from the former Fenimore landfill on Mooney Mountain.
Resident Carl Panetta angrily addressed the council, prompting a police officer to be called to the council chamber for the third time in the past year.
The state continues to hear complaints of foul smells in Roxbury, but officials say the Fenimore landfill isn't to blame.
For the last few months, the state-installed cap on the landfill has been in place -- meant to prevent emissions of hydrogen sulfide that started spreading rotten egg-like smells for miles throughout Roxbury in late 2012.
Township, school district and state authorities said Tuesday that a gas-emission spike recorded by monitors near Jefferson School — resulting in the district issuing a "red alert" to the public — were the result of an anomalous reading, and followup readings using hand-held monitors indicated no significant emissions occurred.
The alert was issued on the same day that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection began the installation of a new oxidizer to continue burning off the toxic hydrogen sulfide gas still being removed from Fenimore Landfill.
Tempers flared, and police were called, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council as residents expressed anger about the Fenimore Landfill issue.
During their turns addressing the council, residents Bob Mederos and Carl Panetta became agitated, raising their voices and engaging in oral skirmishes with some on the governing body. The men assert the town is not doing enough to protect people, and the environment, from air and water pollution they believe is coming from the landfill.
Superintendent Patrick Tierney Tuesday defended his Monday decision to issue a Honeywell instant alert after air monitors, apparently mistakenly, signaled high levels of hydrogen sulfide from the former Fenimore landfill on Mooney Mountain.
Tierney activated the grades K-12 district’s first hydrogen sulfide “red alert” because he was receiving numerous phone calls from concerned parents.
At his direction, Jefferson Elementary School Principal Karen Lunardoni advised parents that air monitors had recorded high levels of the gas, which has been generated at the former landfill. The school is located in Succasunna.
After Sandy slammed into New Jersey’s coast in October, 2012, the state was left with the gargantuan task of collecting and disposing of nearly nine million cubic yards of debris, enough to fill a football stadium almost a mile high, according to FEMA. As soggy carpets and damaged appliances piled up on people’s curbs, landfills and incinerators around the state were granted special, emergency permits to operate longer hours and more days a week to process all the waste.
Allegations are flying as public acrimony mounts over a botched attempt to place a solar farm atop an abandoned landfill in New Jersey.
At the center of the controversy is a New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection report that has not yet been made public. Critics allege that NJDEP has delayed its release because the document may show that materials from the landfill impaired water quality in local streams. The agency contends that when the report comes out next month, it will not show any significant and lasting damage to the watershed from the landfill.
The Fenimore Landfill disaster began and continues to plague the residents of Roxbury Township as a result of Governor Christie and the agencies that report to him. The NJDEP does whatever they want without regard to the people. The NJDOH doesn't do a thing.
REACT PRESENTS...A Night of Inspiration with Lois Gibbs, leader from Love Canal on May 21, 2014 7:00pm @ HSL Senior Center
Please print, email, handout, and share this flyer with everyone you know.
I am writing to provide some information on a recent series of actions by the NJ DEP that I find concerning. The attached document goes into substantial detail about the flagrant dishonesty and incompetence of the NJDEP towards the residents of Roxbury and surrounding towns.....
The Legislature established the Sanitary Landfill Facility Closure and Contingency Fund (“the SLF Fund”) when it enacted the Sanitary Landfill Facility Closure and Contingency Fund Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-100 et seq., (“the SLF Act”) in 1981. The purpose of the SLF Fund is to provide compensation......