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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 June 18, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 2 lifted the “pause” in residential remediation activities along Kirkwood Lake in Voorhees, NJ. EPA had previously lifted the pause in field investigations and other certain remediation activities at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site in Gibbsboro, NJ.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Sherwin-Williams project team has taken extra precautions such as additional hand washing stations, maximizing distancing whenever possible, and wearing masks when distancing is not practical. The field office is currently closed to visitors. The technical staff continues to work on remediation designs and other tasks remotely and is working diligently to keep the project moving forward.

 

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.
 
June 2020 Updates

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 in the near future.
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 also complete. Final restoration of the commercial plaza is awaiting direction from the property owner. 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 continues with remediation activities on two additional residential properties located in Gibbsboro. Work on these two properties will continue through the fall. Now that EPA has lifted the pause on field work, Sherwin-Williams expects to begin remediation activities on four residential properties located along Kirkwood Lake in Voorhees in mid-summer. Work on properties along Kirkwood Lake will continue through the end of 2020 and 2021.
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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