NJ State Supreme Court reinstates closure of Keegan Landfill in Kearny



On June 12, 2019, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) to close the Keegan Landfill, effective immediately. The order, issued by the full Supreme Court, reinstates the relief that had been granted by the Hudson County Superior Court on May 24, 2019, which had mandated closure pending a full hearing on a lawsuit brought by the Town of Kearny.  After an emergency appeal was filed by the NJSEA, the Appellate Division reversed the Superior Court’s closure order. The town of Kearny, in turn, filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court, which agreed with the town and reversed the Appellate Division’s decision.  

The landfill will now remain closed pending a full hearing in the Superior Court on the claims brought by the town against the NJSEA. The claims, which assert harm to the environment and public health, are based on the Environmental Rights Act and the Legacy Landfill Act.

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