New Jersey landfill fined $70,000 for polluting

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a $70,000 fine against Edgeboro Disposal in East Brunswick, N.J. after investigating an environmental group's claim that the landfill was polluting the Raritan River. According to the Edison/Metuchen Sentinel, the fine was assessed after the Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) filed suit against the landfill, claiming the facility was dumping waste into the river, in direct violation of state and federal regulations. The DEP fines represent $35,000 for violations of the Solid Waste Management Act and $35,000 for violations of the Water Pollution Control Act.

The EWA lawsuit purports that the landfill owner, despite agreeing to DEP demands for cleanup in 1995 and later submitting plans for that work, failed to properly cover, contain, clean up and prevent discharge of solid waste into the Raritan River. The discharge is said to come from a portion of the landfill that has been closed since 1987, separate from the active portion of the facility now owned and operated by Middlesex County, which is not subject the fines or the lawsuit.