United States Avenue Burn Site
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The United States Avenue Burn Site is one of three sites (including the Route 561 Dump Site and the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Site) currently under an EPA 1999 Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) for Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) activities with the Sherwin-Williams Company. The United States Avenue Burn Site, located in Gibbsboro, New Jersey was added to the National Priorities List (NPL) on July 22, 1999 due to contamination from paint wastes.
The 11-acre site is located within the Cooper River drainage basin. Two streams, White Sands Branch and Honey Run, flow through the site and into Bridgewood Lake. The area immediately surrounding the site is generally wooded, but an estimated 4,465 people live within a one-mile radius of the site.
From the mid 1800s till 1977, John Lucas & Company and eventually the Sherwin-Williams Company operated a paint manufacturing facility (part of the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Site) at a separate location in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. Reports indicate that paint wastes and solvents were dumped and/or poured onto the ground at the United States Avenue Burn Site and were often burned.
Soils, sediments, surface water and groundwater sampled from the site have identified contaminants such as lead and arsenic. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were detected to a lesser extent in the groundwater. In response to these findings, the Sherwin-Williams Company installed a fence around the site. In addition, in September 1995, EPA entered into an agreement with the Sherwin-Williams Company to perform a removal action to reduce the existing public health hazard and environmental impacts. By installing silt fencing to prevent off-site contaminant migration, maintaining the existing fence, and conducting excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soils, EPA has reduced the short-term risks associated with the identified contaminants.
Since 2005, the Sherwin-Williams Company, with EPA oversight, has conducted remedial investigation field sampling and other related activities at this and the other two sites. The sampling activities are designed to evaluate the nature and extent of contamination. Sampling results indicate the presence of metals, particularly lead and arsenic, in the site soils (both shallow and deep), sediments, surface water and groundwater. At the completion of the RI/FS activities, a Record of Decision selecting the cleanup approach for the site will be signed by EPA.