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North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen). (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Sacco gets landfill to close

Sports Authority to shut down Keegan landfill in Kearny

By David Wildstein, December 20 2019 8:51 am

The Keegan Landfill in Kearny will close under terms proposed in legislation by State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) and two Hudson Assembly members.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns the Meadowlands-based landfill, passed a resolution on Thursday indicating their intention to close the site in accordance with the guidelines of Sacco’s bill.

Sacco, Assemblywoman Anjelica Jimenez (D-West New York) and Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus) proposed the installation of an impermeable cover and gas collection system that will eliminate hydrogen sulfide emissions from the landfill..

The sports authority will do just that.

“This issue has been a major concern to the people of Kearny and West Hudson, and I am glad to see an amicable resolution be reached between the NJSEA and the community,” said Sacco, who is also the mayor of North Bergen. “As legislators representing West Hudson, it was vitally important to my running mates and I to find a solution to this problem that would protect the people of Kearny, and this resolution will accomplish that goal.”

Kearny Mayor Al Santos applauded the decision to close the landfill.

“The Keegan Landfill has been detrimental to the health of our residents and the entire community fought to see a tangible plan put forward to permanently cap and close the facility,” Santos said. “Together, we proved how powerful our voices can be when we work collaboratively with our local legislators to accomplish a common goal to protect the wellbeing of our community.”

Jimenez sad that the closure will protect the life of West Hudson residents.

“The residents of Kearny and surrounding communities deserve a great deal of credit for making their voices heard, and it was our job as their representatives to help find a solution,” Mejia said. “Mayor Santos and all other leaders in this fight showed what citizens can do by working together for an important goal, and I am glad our legislative team was able to contribute to a solution.”

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