Status

February 2022 Update
The Sherwin-Williams Company has reached an agreement with Brandywine Operating Partnership to acquire a majority of the former Lucas Paints/Sherwin-Williams property located in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. The property is part of the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site and the subject of a Record of Decision that was released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on August 10, 2020.

This investment on the part of Sherwin-Williams is an important step in ensuring that Sherwin-Williams can implement the USEPA’s remedy on the former manufacturing plant in a timely and efficient manner. As the property owner, Sherwin-Williams will be better positioned to schedule, stage and construct the multi-faceted multi-year remediation that has been selected by the USEPA. The property will provide much needed space for the temporary staging of equipment and personnel throughout the remediation process.

Sherwin-Williams continues its commitment to remediating the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Sites responsibly, effectively and in full cooperation with the USEPA and the communities involved.

March 2022 Quarterly Update

Residential Properties Remediation
Remediation and restoration activities are complete on all 49 properties scheduled to be remediated under the Residential unit. Sherwin-Williams will continue to monitor the restoration of vegetation in regulated areas as required under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) land use permit.

Route 561 Dump Site
Remediation and restoration activities are complete on all properties associated with the Route 561 Dump Site unit. Sherwin-Williams is currently working on administrative documents and filings to close-out soil and sediment remediation under this project unit. 

Sherwin-Williams will continue to monitor the restoration of vegetation in regulated areas as required under the NJDEP land use permit. Groundwater associated with this unit will be monitored for the next several years.

The United States Avenue Burn Site
Sherwin-Williams is working with EPA to finalize the remedial design. Remediation and restoration of the Burn Site unit is expected to begin in late summer or early fall 2022. 

The Former Manufacturing Plant (FMP) Soils
The Sherwin-Williams team began an extensive EPA-approved pre-design investigation in February 2022. The EPA-approved remedy for the FMP Soils unit includes three distinct work areas requiring different remedial approaches. The pre-design and remedial design phases for each area are expected to extend over multiple years.

Sherwin-Williams is also working on the design of a sanitary sewer line extension along United States Avenue in Gibbsboro. This sewer line extension will facilitate remediation work at and adjacent to the FMP.  Construction of the sewer line extension will occur once the design is complete, and the appropriate permits and approvals are obtained by the Borough of Gibbsboro. 

Waterbodies Unit
On October 1, 2021, EPA released a ROD for the Waterbodies unit. This ROD describes the selected remedy to address contaminated soil and sediment present within Hilliards Creek and its floodplain, as well as Silver Lake, Bridgewood Lake and Kirkwood Lake located in Gibbsboro and Voorhees. 

Pre-design investigation activities and planning for the Waterbodies Unit will begin once a modification to the existing Consent Decree is finalized and Sherwin-Williams has legal authorization to perform the work. 

Sherwin-Williams continues to work cooperatively with Camden County in evaluating options for accelerating the dredging of Kirkwood Lake. 

Former Manufacturing Plant Groundwater
Sherwin-Williams is working with EPA to finalize the Remedial Investigation of the Groundwater unit. Once the Remedial Investigation is complete and approved, Sherwin-Williams will proceed with the Feasibility Study to evaluate alternatives for addressing groundwater contamination at the FMP.