Citing resident concerns and frustration regarding a pervasive odor emanating from the Fenimore landfill in Roxbury Township and an inability of site developer Richard Bernardi to address the problem, Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R- Morris) has submitted legislation transferring responsibility for closure of the landfill to state officials.
“It has become clear to me, as well as everyone in the township, that Mr. Bernardi has no intention of living up to his promise of properly closing the landfill and turning the site into a solar energy farm,” said Bucco. “To this day he continues to violate his approvals to the detriment of the township’s residents. That is unacceptable.”
Bucco’s legislation (S-2617) would require the state Department of Environmental Protection to begin the orderly closure of the landfill within 15 days of the bill’s enactment.
“The odor coming from Fenimore landfill and permeating the surrounding area is disruptive to residents and is cause for health related concerns,” Bucco continued. “The township and its residents need relief from this situation that is wreaking havoc on the quality of life for area residents. It is time for the state to step in and end this situation.”