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?
1/27/15 @ 7:30pm:
Township Council Meeting at Town Hall
2/10/15 @ 7:30pm:
Township Council Meeting 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......
The attorney for the Fenimore Landfill's owner says he wants to know why the State Ethics Commission dismissed his complaint alleging a state official interfered with Fenimore's operations — and in so doing, the attorney says, gave her husband's landfill a competitive advantage.
The commission dismissed the complaint against former Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Irene Kropp in September of last year, 21 months after attorney Matthew Fredericks filed it on behalf of Strategic Environmental Partners, which owns Fenimore.
While the state continues its capping project at Fenimore landfill, Roxbury has spent nearly $750,000 of its own money dealing with problems at the site, which has plagued the township with toxic hydrogen sulfide fumes since late 2011.
Reports posted this week on the township website detail Fenimore-related expenses from 2012 to 2014 totaling $747,079.47.
Over the last three years, dealing with the Fenimore landfill — the site once destined to become a solar farm, eventually taken over by the state as pungent smells became a near-daily hardship for people living anywhere near the property — has cost Roxbury nearly $750,000, according to the township
That's a cost of about $31 per person over the course of three years, according to a breakdown prepared by Roxbury officials. That doesn't account for the considerably larger sums the state has spent on the project — though Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese declined to provide fugues, citing ongoing litigation over Fillmore.
The owners of the former Fenimore Landfill have been ordered to pay Roxbury $32,000 in fines for allowing their operation to spread noxious odors in June 2013. The fines are in addition to more than $50,000 ordered in prior court action related to odors.
The cases had been transferred out of Roxbury to Randolph Municipal Court. In the decision, Randolph Municipal Court Judge Ira Cohen ruled against landfill owners Richard Bernardi and his wife Marilyn Bernardi as well as their company, Strategic Environmental Partners.
The state plans to install another oxidizer at the site of the Fenimore landfill, as it makes substantial progress on its solution to the rotten egg-like smells that began speading through town in late 2012.
The state Department of Environmental Protection credits the installation of an oxidizer and scrubber — which collect the noxious gases and burn them off — with getting the smells under control, months after the DEP took over the site and halted its owner's own project.
But that was only the first step toward a more complete plan for the site — one that involves installing an impermeable liner over the 19 acres where owner Strategic Environmental Partners began its work, and then eventually vegetative cover.
This year in Morris County, there's been tragedy and, well, oddity. The former in the case of several violent or unfortunate deaths. The latter in the reports of a supposed giant snake making its way through Lake Hopatcong, or the legally novel case of an 18-year-old suing her parents for financial support.
Here's our Top 10 Morris County stories of 2014. What were your own top moments of 2014? Tell us in the comments below.
Do you think somebody in ancient Egypt looked at the glistening white limestone placed over the pyramids as a protective shield and asked, "How many years will we have to maintain it?"
If so, another somebody might have replied "forever." (Supposedly, an earthquake 600 years ago took its toll on that plan and the loosened white rocks were snagged for use in Cairo.)
Should Roxbury residents of the future begin smelling rotten eggs, they might look at each other and wonder who was supposed to maintain the cap on the Fenimore Landfill and for how long. Digging into ancient records, they might find that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) pretty much left it at "somebody" and "the end of time."
An appellate court has rescinded the order that last year allowed New Jersey to take over the troubled Fenimore landfill site and begin efforts to block rotten egg-like smells that were spreading for miles throughout town.
It's not clear what that means for the Department of Environmental Protections ongoing work at the site — a massive undertaking to cap 19 acres of the landfill, which had been abandoned for decades before developer Strategic Environmental Partners began its own DEP-approved project to cap and grade it.
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