13 Jun: Smith Legislation To Protect Residents From Toxic Landfills Approved By Senate Environment Committee

TRENTON – The Senate Environment and Energy Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Smith today that would give the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and local governments the tools necessary to protect residents from the negative health and environmental impact of reopened landfills – such as the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury.

“When the desire to make a profit is put above the health and well being of New Jersey residents, it is our responsibility to step in to protect our state’s children and families. After listening to the heart-wrenching testimony from Roxbury Township residents, I believe that this is the case with the Fenimore Landfill,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, Chairman of the Committee. “This legislation will ensure a course of action that residents, municipalities, the DEP and the courts can take to ensure that the owners and operators of our state’s landfills are acting responsibly and are not putting New Jersey residents and their children in danger.”