Assembly committee approves state cleanup plan for Roxbury's Fenimore landfill

Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township, NJ

Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township, NJ (6/17/13)

TRENTON - An Assembly committee has approved a bill that would allow the state to take over cleanup operations at the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury.

The bill could go to a vote as early as this week.

The state approved a plan to redevelop the abandoned landfill several months ago, but a Kane in Your Corner investigation found the project created dangerous fumes. There were also serious irregularities in the development deal.

Richard Bernardi, the man who signed the contracts, is a convicted felon who does not actually own the property.

This past weekend, hydrogen sulfide fumes from the landfill hit an all-time high, with readings at 810 parts per billion. Those levels are more than 25 times the level that would be allowed under new environmental laws.

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