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TBT: Councilman James Mangin on Keegan Landfill

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The response below was from Councilman James Mangin on July 2, 2005 on this discussion forum which explained his position on reopening the Keegan Landfill.  Yes 14 years ago.  Mayor Santos did not listen and here we are today fighting to close the landfill. 

Quote from prior Post on KOTW

You need to check your facts. The 1992 plan to re-open Keegan was the exact same concept as today's. There were plans to include a leachate collection system (like today) which would be transmitted via a KMUA feed to Passaic Valley (like today) and trucks would access via the Bergen Ave extension (just like today). Don't believe me? I'll send you a copy of the videotape of the public hearing from 1992.

You say there were "no thoughts to recovering the land," - wrong again. The 1992 plan was to open the area to development once Keegan was finally and properly closed. Today's plan is to turn the Keegan area into a recreational facility once properly closed.

You are correct about no money being set aside for the Town. But, the 1992 plan didn't shift the liability for closing Keegan to the Town of Kearny like today's plan does. That means that if the escrow fund falls short (which it surely will) the Town will have to pick up the tab to properly close the landfill. Big difference from 1992 - and one that should be red flag to anyone to Kearny. This plan is nothing more than a short-term infusion of cash with a huge price-tag down the road. A plan, not unlike the decision in the 1960's to allow dumping in the first place, where money comes in right now and everyone's happy. But the long term consequences impact our health and our pocketbook.

Right now there are "responsible parties" that, according to the law, are required to pay for the proper closing of Keegan. And those parties have a lot more money than the Town of Kearny. Why should we have to pay their bill?

Jim Mangin

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Guest Doran

I guess Mangin was correct. Has the Mayor reached out to apologize to Mangin? 

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Guest Kearny Senior

Barney thinks he's Mangin. Barney thinks he's Santos. Barney is only Barney the cop who don't know he's Barney.

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