The agency seized control of the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury on Wednesday, less than an hour after Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure authorizing the move, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said.
A township in New Jersey has begun taking precautions because of a landfill that is posing a toxic gas problem.
Officials have raised concerns that many trips from temporary storage debris areas to landfills were exactly or just over 16 miles. The drive clocks in at less than 16 miles.
Parents in Bellport organized a petition drive pushing to get the dump permanently closed and cleaned up.