New Jersey DEP seizes control of foul-smelling landfill

Teams of  engineers and inspectors from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today seized control of the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township, Morris County, launching "an emergency remediation project" to control odors that have tormented local residents and raised health threats.

The DEP took the action after Governor Chris Christie signed into law S-2861 which gives the DEP the authority to intervene in cases of malfunctioning 'legacy landfills.'

"The Fenimore Landfill has plagued surrounding neighborhoods with staggering odors caused by repeated and continued elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide gas since November," the DEP said in a news release.

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“Roxbury residents have endured these odors for too long and deserve a resolution to this intolerable situation, which has severely compromised their quality of life and interfered with their normal day-to-day activities,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said.

“The DEP has pursued every legal and administrative remedy available to us to eliminate the environmental and odor problems caused by the neglect of the property owner. I have directed our teams to move in immediately to take control of this landfill from the development firm that owns it but has allowed this problem to persist.”

Local officials and residents made several trips to Trenton in recent weeks, urging legislators to force the state to step in and force the landfill’s closure. They complained of diminishing property values, limits on outdoor activities and breathing problems.

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