This campaign is sending a letter to the State Commission of Investigation (SCI) concerning the failures of the NJDEP with the Fenimore Landfill. The SCI is an independent state agency that can conduct an investigation and make recommendations but the agency has no legislative power. However, if the SCI write a report, the legislators do take it seriously and can call for their own investigation. This was suggested to us from numerous sources. Please feel free to add your own comments and thoughts in the middle of this letter. Thank you for all your help! If you want to call State Commission of Investigation, you can reach them at 609-292-6767
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Type your own introduction paragraph or use the one provided below (required) I am writing to request that the State Commission of Investigation immediately launch a full investigation into NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regarding the mishandling of the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township, NJ. There is firm reason to believe that the clean-up of this facility has been grossly mismanaged, and as a result, my health and property value has suffered for the past 20 months. I implore you to investigate the malfeasance of the NJDEP for the following reasons: 1. Encouraging and allowing the landfill to be re-opened and operated by a convicted felon without a solid waste permit. 2. Providing “fast track” project approvals despite deficient project plans. 3. How the site was designated a brownfield to qualify for a Highlands Act Redevelopment Waiver with no environmental testing. 4. Allowing DEP approved recycling centers with known mafia connections that have been indicted for illegally dumping asbestos, to send unknown and contaminated materials into the landfill. 5. Allowing construction and demolition debris, known for years to generate impossible to control Hydrogen Sulfide emissions, to be dumped on a dormant site with no environmental controls in place. 6. Failing to use powers under the Spill Act and Clean Air act to take over the site despite thousands of residential odor complaints. 7. Allowing Hurricane Sandy waste as well as medical waste, municipal waste, and other unknown toxins to be dumped at the site yet the NJDEP suspiciously refuses to conduct core soil sampling. 8. Failing to adequately test stack emissions even though residents are complaining of health effects and odors coming from the site. 9. Conducting a suspicious fear mongering campaign in other towns by sending false and misleading information to suppress support for excavating the material. 10. Misleading government and the public about the costs of capping the landfill by not including the maintenance and operating costs over the next 30 years. 11. Using the emergency order that allowed the NJDEP to take over the landfill to ignore their own rules and regulations, the Highlands Act Regional Master Plan, and the Federal EPA standards for landfill remediation with no transparency, accountability, or community involvement.
Type your message to the State Commission of Investigation. Please be respectful, state the facts, and use your own personal story about what you have experienced the last two years as well as what you think of the NJDEP 30 year plan for Roxbury. (not required)
Type your own Closing paragraph for what action you want or use the one provided below (required) Fenimore Landfill is in the middle of a residential community, and the waste sits among active water streams that flow down into residents’ water wells and, further along, into the Southern Branch of the Raritan River Watershed. Since November of 2012, this failed project has caused me to suffer through emissions of gases that aggravate asthma and other health problems, as well as horrid smells, all while the value of my home and reputation of my community continues to decline. The NJDEP’s lack of oversight and mismanagement of this project has caused me to suffer financially, emotionally, and mentally while the developer, state agencies, government, and its contractors reap the benefits. As you can see, these serious issues demand accountability. I ask that you conduct this investigation with deliberate speed to make certain that the DEP learns from these mistakes before other landfills in the State are impacted.
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