The Sherwin-Williams Company
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Maryland Department of Environment
Maryland Department of the Environment
Dr. Chau Nguyen
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 537-3000
- The Sherwin-Williams Company entered the Facility Lead Program on March 17, 2005. RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance from the State of Maryland. Prior to entering the Facility Lead Program, Sherwin-Williams completed several investigations and remediation of the property under the oversight of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Hazardous Waste Enforcement Division. Remedial actions completed at the site have included source removal (via excavation), and in-situ treatment using enhanced aerobic remediation technologies, air sparging, soil vapor extraction, groundwater extraction/treatment and multi-phase extraction technologies. EPA/MDE have evaluated available information and determined that Sherwin Williams has achieved protective status for Human Health and Groundwater Environmental Indicators. The Final Remedy Decision is anticipated for sometime in late 2013, and will most likely include institutional/engineering controls for onsite soil and groundwater.
- On December 29, 2011, Sherwin-Williams submitted the Revised Remedial Action Objectives Report (December 20. 2011) for EPA's review. EPA provided a response to the comments and is in the process of resolving the outstanding issues.
- The Sherwin-Williams Company facility is a 23-acre parcel in the City of Baltimore, Maryland, used since the 1940s to manufacture consumer and industrial products, primarily paints and other coatings. Prior to acquisition of the plant by The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1980, the plant was operated by the Artra Group, Inc. and by Baltimore Paint and Chemical Company. The plant is bounded on two sides by railroad tracks and industrial/commercial areas. Low-rise multifamily housing and Hollins Ferry Road border the property to the southeast and southwest. The parcel is fully developed and the plant is typically active around the clock. Engineered features of the property include building structures and process areas, indoor and outdoor raw materials above-ground storage tanks (ASTs), solvent separator tanks, rail car and tank wagon unloading/loading areas, and above-grade process piping lines. The plant is serviced by railcar and truck traffic although access is restricted by site security including an eight-foot fence topped with both razor and barbed wire and a 24-hour security force.
- Groundwater contains residual levels of several compounds including, mainly, toluene, 1,1,1-TCA (and breakdown compounds of 1,1-DCE, 1,1-DCA), benzene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, MEK, MIBK, and trimethylbenzenes. Soil is impacted primarily with petroleum hydrocarbons including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, and 1,3,5 trimethylbenzene and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 8 pages, 49 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 10 pages, 79 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- The facility is under continued use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EPA Project Manager:Ms Linda Holden (215)-814-3428.