Landfills bill passes Senate

TRENTON – The Senate unanimously passed a bill establishing controls applicable to “legacy landfills” and landfills that accept new materials after closure.

The bill, S2861, was inspired by the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury that was the subject of heavily attended hearings earlier this month.

Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) of Boonton, said the Fenimore landfill has reportedly emitted large amounts of hydrogen sulfide in the air.

Sen. Bob Smith sought amendments to the original bill, after finding the original to be “special legislation” basically affecting just one site. The amended bill is more far-reaching and would be subject to several landfills.

Senate President Steve Sweeney called on the DEP to move faster on shutting down landfills causing problems.  

Landfills bill passes Senate