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Roxbury Residents Make a ‘Stink’ Over Landfill Issue [AUDIO]

There’s no end in sight to a stinky problem in Roxbury Township.

Smelly and potentially dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas continues to waft out of the Fenimore landfill, even as the state Department of Environmental Protection continues to work to permanently cap the landfill.

During a visit to Morris County, Gov. Chris Christie said air scrubbers are being used to minimize the problem and air quality testing is being done on a regular basis.

“If there’s a danger, people are alerted, and that hasn’t happened in quite some time,” Christie said.

The governor said he’s aware that some residents are demanding the material in the landfill be removed and hauled away, but that’s not going to happen.

“Digging up that landfill and trucking it out will take years, and the disturbance of those materials will create more smell and a bigger problem,” Christie said.

He added the root of the problem is an extraordinarily irresponsible landfill owner who broke the law, and who is now being sued by the state.

Christie also said people need to understand that “as governor I don’t have a magic wand, and I can’t prevent every bad thing that happens in the world, nor can I stop every bad person from doing bad things.”

“My job is to try to prevent as much of that as I can, and when we don’t, to fix the problems that we’re confronted with, and so that’s what we’re trying to do,” Christie said. “We’re doing the best we can to fix it, but when bad people do bad things, bad things happen, that’s the simple fact of the matter.”

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