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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

Following an EPA-requested “pause” in remediation activities earlier this spring, the Sherwin-Williams remediation team is back in the field and conducting both investigation and remediation activities. 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 of face coverings 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.
 
September 2020 Updates

Project Status
On August 10, 2020, EPA issued a Response to Comments and ROD to address contaminated soils at the FMP, as well as sediments in a portion of Hilliards Creek adjacent to the FMP. The selected remedy was based upon the Proposed Remedial Action Plan released for public comment in November 2019. A copy of the ROD is available here or can also be found on the EPA’s website at: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/02/598791.pdf
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 also complete and final restoration is underway. Remediation of wetland areas on the Dump Site fenced property is complete and work is progressing on upland areas. 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 19 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 end of the year. Sherwin-Williams is also performing remediation and restoration activities on residential properties along Kirkwood Lake in Voorhees, having completed two properties this summer, and is currently working on two additional properties. Work on properties along Kirkwood Lake will continue through 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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