Something May Smell in Roxbury, N.J. but State Says it's Not the LandfillSomething May Smell in Roxbury, N.J. but State Says it's Not the Landfill
March 11, 2015
The state continues to hear complaints of foul smells in Roxbury, but officials say the Fenimore landfill isn't to blame.
For the last few months, the state-installed cap on the landfill has been in place -- meant to prevent emissions of hydrogen sulfide that started spreading rotten egg-like smells for miles throughout Roxbury in late 2012.
The gas releases and smells -- which many residents blamed for making them or their children sick -- continued until well after the state took over the landfill in the summer of 2013, but dropped off significantly after it installed a gas collection and burnoff system. The cap, though opposed by some residents who wanted to see material causing the smells removed from the landfill entirely, is meant as the state's permanent solution to the odors.