A Hudson County judge ruled that the Keegan Landfill in Kearny must close permanently because it presents a “clear and immediate danger”.
Since March of 2018, the landfill has been emitting hydrogen sulfide odors, according to the New Jersey Sierra Club. In April, a lawsuit was filed against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), which owns and operates the facility, winning a temporary injunction to close the landfill until the hearing.
Earlier this month, state senator Nicholas Sacco introduced a resolution urging the NJSEA and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to take immediate action to close and cap the Keegan Landfill in Kearny. “This landfill must be closed. Kids enjoying recess or playing soccer should not be overwhelmed by the smell of rotten eggs,” Sacco said. “It has become a serious public nuisance in the area and it must be addressed.”
The NJSEA has already been fined for the hydrogen sulfide emissions. They had installed a collection system to help mitigate the effects of the gas.