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DEP Presents Plan For Fenimore Landfill

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Roxbury, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Roxbury residents have been pleading with the NJDEP to publicly address their concerns about the Fenimore Landfill, particularly the Hydrogen Sulfide gas that is emitting from the uncapped landfill very close to their homes.

The DEP took over the landfill in 2012 and until this week, they still have not presented the community with a plan for fixing the ongoing problem.

Residents are skeptical that the original plan for capping the landfill may not be the best solution and are pushing for the contents of the landfill to be removed and trucked somewhere else. However, Governor Christie said in a town hall meeting a couple of weeks ago that isn’t going to happen.

“I understand that there is a group of folks in Roxbury who want this stuff trucked out. You think you want this stuff trucked out, you don’t want this stuff trucked out,” he explained.

Resident concerns have turned from frustration to anger which was clear at the local town meeting earlier this week, but change is hopefully on the way now that the DEP finally presented a PowerPoint presentation about their plan for fixing the landfill and even took residents questions.

After the presentation, the DEP explained that they plan to cap the landfill and close the site by June 2015 at a cost of about $8 million. The cost to truck out everything from the landfill would be five-times that amount at about $38.7 million.

Resident Mirna Hernandez discussed what these plans mean for her and her family.

“My spouse and I moved out here because we wanted a house and we wanted to start a family and we moved out here because it was idealic and peaceful and we really walked into a landmine, and it’s unfortunate, but it’s not our fault it's the DEP's fault," she said.

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