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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.

December 30, 2019 Update

On December 18, 2019, the State of New Jersey announced a lawsuit against The Sherwin-Williams Company for natural resources damages (NRD) associated with the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. The suit alleges damages to natural resources as a result of past practices at the former paint manufacturing plant in Gibbsboro.

Sherwin-Williams has been working cooperatively with and under the direction of both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) program, commonly referred to as Superfund. Sherwin-Williams has conducted required investigation and risk assessment activities and currently is remediating and restoring many areas of the site.

Under this lawsuit, the State of New Jersey seeks compensation for alleged loss of use of natural resources, such as wetlands and waterways, which it claims would be above and beyond the site remediation and restoration work that Sherwin-Williams is performing and fully funding. While the State has filed numerous similar actions in the past two years, Sherwin-Williams was disappointed that the New Jersey Attorney General sought legal action through outside, private law firms rather than attempting to resolve potential issues through a cooperative approach that directly benefits the residents of New Jersey.

Sherwin-Williams will continue to remediate the sites responsibly, effectively, and in full cooperation with the USEPA, NJDEP, and the communities involved.

 

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.

 

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.
 
December 2019 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. EPA held a public meeting on December 5, 2019 to explain the proposed remedy and document public comments on the plan. EPA will accept public comments on the plan until December 30, 2019.
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 the eastern side of Route 561 are ongoing and the work will continue through the winter and spring of 2020.
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 currently preparing design, construction documents and permit applications for remediation activities on additional residential properties located in Gibbsboro and Voorhees. Construction activities are expected to resume in the spring 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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