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.
Video from the Roxbury Township Council Meeting on 3-11-15
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.
ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Schools Superintendent Patrick Tierney might not have precisely followed protocol Monday when facing the district’s first hydrogen sulfide “red alert,” but Tierney said he activated the district’s emergency alert system because he was being swamped with phone calls from parents. Tierney directed Jefferson Elementary School Principal Karen Lunardoni to advise parents that air monitors had recorded high levels of the putrid gas being generated at the former Fenimore Landfill. The warning, issued over the district's "Honeywell" alert system, said the monitoring system “triggered a red alert,” and added the school district “requested hand held readings per protocol.” It also said, “We will advice (sic) you of any developments."
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."