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This website serves as a source of news and information for the residents of Gibbsboro, Voorhees, and surrounding communities related to The Sherwin-Williams Company (Sherwin-Williams) sites in Camden County, New Jersey. This website contains information regarding the history, current status, and recent progress at the Route 561 Dump Site, the United States Avenue Burn Site, and the Sherwin-Williams/ Hilliards Creek Site, and associated properties. Our Resources section includes site-related documents, a glossary of commonly used terms, and photos of ongoing site work. We hope you will visit this website often to learn more about Sherwin-Williams’ commitment to moving the site remediation process forward.

 

Remedial Construction Update

News and information regarding remediation activities are available on the following pages:

Residential remediation updates, click here.

Route 561 Dump Site remediation updates, click here.

   

COVID-19 Update

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 2 lifted the “pause” in work on certain remediation activities at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. This decision to allow certain activities to move forward was based upon careful consideration of the size of the work area, workforce requirements, safety provisions and protocols, and the current decline of overall COVID-19 cases in New Jersey.

Based upon this new guidance from USEPA, Sherwin-Williams will resume remediation activities on a privately-owned pond and a portion of Hilliards Creek located on West Clementon Road in Gibbsboro. Field investigations and other remediation activities related to the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Site, the Route 561 Dump Site and the United States Avenue Burn Site remain suspended until further notice. USEPA continues to monitor the situation and will provide further guidance based upon the size, location, and conditions associated with each project unit.

USEPA released an updated statement (April 2020) regarding the pause of remediation work at the Sherwin-Williams Gibbsboro Sites. Click here to read the statement.

 

Guiding Principles

Sherwin-Williams is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the remedy selection and implementation process accomplishes these key objectives:

  • To implement a remediation program that is protective of human health and the environment as quickly as the process allows;
  • To address EPA’s criteria for remedy selection, including both short-term and long-term effectiveness and permanence of the cleanup;
  • To comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • To be respectful of community concerns and stakeholder input.
 
March 2020 Update

Project Status
EPA released a Proposed Remedial Action Plan for the Former Manufacturing Plant (FMP) for public comment on November 25, 2019. Click here to view and download the Proposed Plan. The proposed plan was based upon a comprehensive Feasibility Study, prepared by Sherwin-Williams, which evaluated potential alternatives for addressing contaminated soils at the FMP, as well as sediments in a portion of Hilliards Creek adjacent to the FMP. The EPA public comment period closed on January 29, 2020. EPA is expected to release a Response to Comments and Record of Decision document sometime this spring.
On September 26, 2016, EPA released its remedy decision for the remediation of the Route 561 Dump Site. A copy of EPA’s Decision Document is here. On March 31, 2017, Sherwin-Williams received legal authorization from EPA to move forward with both the remedial design and remedial action. Sherwin-Williams has completed the remediation and restoration activities on the commercial properties located on the western side of Route 561 in Gibbsboro. Remediation activities on a commercial plaza located on the eastern side of Route 561 are ongoing and expected to be completed in early May. Additional remediation work will take place within the Dump Site property and along White Sand Branch through 2020 and into 2021.
EPA issued a Record of Decision for the Residential Properties adjacent to the Sites on September 30, 2015 and remediation activities began in 2016. Remediation and restoration activities on 17 residential properties are complete. Sherwin-Williams is beginning remediation activities on two additional residential properties located in Gibbsboro in early April. Work on these two properties will continue into early fall. Sherwin-Williams will also begin remediation activities on four residential properties located along Kirkwood Lake in Voorhees in early to mid-April. Work on additional properties along Kirkwood Lake will follow and continue through the end of 2020.
Progress continues on the other three units at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Site. A summary of all recent progress can be found on the Progress page.

 
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