Primary Source Report-AH

Angel Harewood

Keegan Landfill

Primary Sources

  1. https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2019/12/20/keegan-landfill-kearny-capped-and-closed-under-deal/2707875001/

This primary source is from the news website called North Jersey, this article outlines the deal that was struck to close the Keegan landfill and how it was obtained. It will show us when the deal happens and how they are going about capping the landfill.

This source is one that was written after the court decided that the landfill needed to be close and the  NJSEA needed to fill it in and cap, that they went in for appeal and  the outrage that it cause for the residents of the community and the businesses around it. It shows that there was and effort to keep the landfill open by the NJSEA even though it was not in their best interest.

  • This third source is a letter that was written to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency to try to find out information about what was being done to address the issues that was going on with the landfill. It was also written to inform them that they had the right to know what was going on.

PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ09) and Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) sent a letter to Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to inquire about the actions the DEP is taking to address health hazards and noxious odors at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny. The letter requests a staff briefing from DEP about the potential health hazards at the site.

“Given the proximity of this site to residential and recreational areas, all possible measures must be undertaken to protect the public against any possible negative health impacts, including prolonged exposure to hydrogen sulfide,” the letter states. “To address our constituents’ numerous concerns, we request your staff brief our offices about the states plan for addressing issues at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny”

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), which owns the site, was fined on March 1, 2019 because of a violation of the federal Air Pollution Control Act. This law prohibits the emission of hydrogen sulfide in concentration levels greater than 30 parts per billion over a 30 minute-period. Since NJSEA was fined, hydrogen sulfide levels above 30 parts per billion have persisted at Keegan Landfill.

The letter continues, “[p]ublic health must be the top priority for the future of the Keegan Landfill. To that end we hope the DEP is coordinating closely with the New Jersey Department of Health to address all public health concerns. We look forward to our offices being briefed about the actions DEP is taking to remove health hazards and noxious odors at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny.”

Here is the letter:

May 7, 2019

Catherine R. McCabe

Commissioner

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

401 E. State St.

7th Floor, East Wing

P.O. Box 402

Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Dear Commissioner McCabe:

We write to inquire about the actions the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking to address health hazards and noxious odors at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny, New Jersey. Given the proximity of this site to residential and recreational areas, all possible measures must be undertaken to protect the public against any possible negative health impacts, including prolonged exposure to hydrogen sulfide. To address our constituents’ numerous concerns, we request your staff brief our offices about the state’s plan for addressing issues at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny.

We understand the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) was fined on March 1, 2019 because of a violation of the federal Air Pollution Control Act, which prohibits the emission of hydrogen sulfide in concentration levels greater than 30 parts per billion over a 30 minute-period. We have been informed that hydrogen sulfide levels above 30 parts per billion has persisted at Keegan Landfill. These levels are unacceptable, especially if there is a possibility that an infraction may affect the health and safety of citizens.

Additionally, we understand DEP has entered an Administrative Order on Consent with NJSEA to develop an action plan for addressing odor violations. This plan has included the installation of continuous air monitoring equipment. We are encouraged by news of cooperation between DEP and NJSEA and urge both parties to work quickly to address possible removal of materials causing the prevalence of hydrogen sulfide to ensure our constituents’ quality of life.

Public health must be the top priority for the future of the Keegan Landfill. To that end we hope the DEP is coordinating closely with the New Jersey Department of Health to address all public health concerns. We look forward to our offices being briefed about the actions DEP is taking to remove health hazards and noxious odors at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny.

Thank you very much for your attention to our request.

Sincerely,

Bill Pascrell, Jr. Albio Sires

Member of Congress Member of Congress

  • Sullivan, Robert, The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of the City, July 1999 Anchor Books

This book will help with different background information about the Meadowlands and finding out the history of it. It will give a deeper understanding of what the Meadowlands is and why it is so important for New Jersey open lands and environmental footprint.

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