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?
2/10/15 @ 7:30pm:
Township Council Meeting at Town Hall
2/12/15 @ 7:30pm:
Roxbury Environmental Commission Mtg at Town Hall
2/19/15 @ 4:00pm:
NJ Highlands Council Meeting at 100 North Road in Chester, NJ
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......
Are hydrogen sulfide odors from the now-capped Fenimore landfill on Mooney Mountain still a regular event?
And are the odors a serious health detriment? It depends on who you ask.
The all-volunteer Roxbury Environmental Action Coalition (R.E.A.C.T.) said in a statement issued Feb. 5 that not only do the "rotten egg" odors continue to emanate from the former landfill, but that "air pollution is worsening in Roxbury Township and may impact sports and school recesses."
Spring recreational sports could be affected if gas levels detected near the Fenimore landfill continue past the winter, a residents' group warned this week.
According to the Roxbury Evironmental Action Coalition -- an advocacy group formed in response to concerns about the landfill, which in 2012 began emitting rotten egg-like smells that spread through much of town -- monitors have picked up sustained readings of hydrogen sulfide at between 8 and 14 parts per billion in recent weeks.
ROXBURY, NJ – Air monitors at ball fields near the former Fenimore Landfill have been reporting “sustained background” hydrogen sulfide levels that would be high enough to warrant restrictions on youth sports at nearby fields, according to a watchdog group.
In a press release issued Thursday, the Roxbury Environmental Action Coalition (REACT) pointed to air monitor readings that are posted online. Unlike prior reports about the monitors recording extremely high, but usually very short, “spikes” in the noxious gas – incidences that experts contend were due to electrical glitches, not actual gas readings – the readings cited by REACT are moderately elevated and longer lasting.
Unconvinced by a report that blames electrical glitches for peaks in hydrogen sulfide near Fenimore Landfill, activists are asking why, if the findings are true, do they still smell rotten eggs now and then.
And they are asking people who catch those whiffs to make some noise.
''If you are smelling the Fenimore Landfill, please take 5 minutes and call the NJDEP Hotline: 877-WARN-DEP," wrote the Roxbury Environmental Action Coalition (REACT) on its Facebook page today. "It doesn't matter if you are home, at work, in a car, walking, it all counts."
Sporadic high readings of hydrogen sulfide reported by air monitoring devices surrounding the Fenimore Landfill were caused by “electrical interference of some sort” and were not real escapes of the noxious gas, according to a report by the company that installed the units.
In a Jan. 30 letter to Roxbury Township Attorney Anthony Bucco, Emilcott Technologies President Bruce Groves said he investigated the “air monitoring exceedance data” that has alarmed anti-Fenimore activists. The activists contend the township was remiss in not sending alerts, to warn people about high hydrogen sulfide readings, when the equipment recorded the spikes.
The State Ethics Commission has shot down subpoena that sought to uncover why it dismissed a complaint against a former Department of Environmental Protection official, alleging she interfered with projects to help her husband's business.
In a letter sent Friday to attorney Matthew Fredericks -- who represents the owner of the Fenimore landfill property in Roxbury, and who first made the ethics complaint in early 2013 -- the commission said Fredericks didn't show a strong enough need for access to its confidential investigative files.
Following an active 2014, Elliott Ruga, senior policy analyst and campaign coordinator at the New Jersey Highlands Coalition (www.njhighlandscoalition.org) in Boonton, said his team remains aggressively involved in several missions related to advocacy for the natural resources within New Jersey's Highlands region, which supplies water to more than half of the state's population.
Opponents of the state's solution to the Fenimore Landfill odor problem continue to voice their grievances, undauntedly pursuing the removal from the site of the high-tech cap and gas treatment system installed there last year to stop odors.
State officials insist they will not reverse course and remove the cap and gas oxidation equipment to allow excavation of the odiforous material below. But members of the Roxbury Environmental Action Coalition (REACT) - calling the system a Band-Aid approach - are not surrendering their quest to have the cap removed and the decomposing construction material trucked away.
Divide and conquer!
Lois Gibbs, A Night of Inspiration!
Her stories about Love Canal and the comparison to the Fenimore Landfill
Fenimore Freedom Fighter Kenny Collings going toe to toe with Governor Chrisite at Fairfield Town Hall Meeting on April 9, 2014
Governor Christie lying to thousands of people about Roxbury and Fenimore!
Roxbury Resident Mirna going toe to toe with Governor Chrisite at Town Hall Meeting in Longhill Twp on Feb 26, 2014.
BIG Thank you for Kenneth Collins filming this!!
Other Contact Info
Roxbury Environmental Action Coalition PO Box 244, Succasunna, NJ 07876