Smelly Landfill Protests Continue - My9 New Jersey

Smelly Landfill Protests Continue

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Roxbury, N.J. residents are taking a more direct approach to get attention from the state government. The residents protested at the state capital after they say that the DEP refused to have a public meeting with them. They are still living with the smell and gases from the Fenimore Landfill. They say that children have had to wear masks while waiting for the school bus, and pets have been getting sick.

The R.E.A.C.T. Organization organized the protest to remind the government that they will not stay quiet while they suffer through the smell.

Shannon Caccavella, co-founder of R.E.A.C.T., says that they came to Trenton because no one would come to them.

“The New Jersey DEP and New Jersey DOH continually ignore our requests to have a public meeting. So R.E.A.C.T. put together a protest. We had over fifty people come and speak today to let them know that we want it trucked out of our town,” Caccavella said.

There were some elected officials at the protest and say they are trying to help fix this problem.

The DEP, on the other hand, has done nothing, but send generic emails about monitoring the levels of fumes every day, according to protestors. The DEP was not present at the protest.

Caccavella says that this isn’t something that the DEP can ignore.

“They said it’s not a long term health effect, but we’re worried about the short term,” Caccavella said.

Caccavella says that her own daughter has been adversely affected by the Fenimore Landfill.

“My nine year old daughter was coming down with migraines, and she was missing school, and she couldn’t play. She couldn’t do anything,” Caccavella said. She says her daughter is one of the main reasons she cofounded R.E.A.C.T.

The state has put the blame on Richard Bernardi, the developer that came in order to close it properly. The DEP has filed suit against Bernardi, but Caccavella doesn’t believe this is solely Bernardi’s fault.

“My personal opinion would be that the government is at fault. They knew what he was doing. They knew what he was bringing in. Somebody had to watch him, and somebody had to okay this project,” Caccavella said.

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