|Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek||Gibbsboro, New Jersey|
The Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek site is located in Gibbsboro, Camden County, New Jersey, and includes but is not limited to contamination associated with the former Lucas Paint Works Plant (Lucas Plant) and contaminated soil and sediment associated with Hilliards Creek, which include private residences. The former Lucas Plant encompassed approximately 60 acres.
The Lucas Plant operated from 1849 to 1976. Operations at and structures on the plant evolved over time to accommodate changes in production. The Lucas plant manufactured primarily white lead paints, varnishes, and lacquer. The plant was owned by John Lucas Company (Lucas) from 1849 to approximately 1930, when Sherwin-Williams acquired control of Lucas. In 1981, the former Lucas Plant property was sold and developed into a light industrial complex, "The Paint Works Corporate Center." Many of the structures, such as aboveground storage tanks, were removed from the property when the industrial park was developed.
While the current owner was developing the property, several contaminated ground water seeps were identified. Investigations into the source of the ground water seeps identified a ground water plume that contained free-product underlying the former Lucas Plant, areas of contaminated soil surrounding former structures on the plant such as above ground storage tanks and buildings, and soil contamination in the area of the surface impoundments. The contamination on the plant includes volatile organic compounds, semivolatile organic compounds, and metals, primarily lead.
Potential Impacts on Surrounding Community/Environment:
Samples of soil and sediment collected from Hilliards Creek revealed the presence of lead-contaminated soil in the creek's flood plain including a residential property, and lead-contaminated sediment in the creek for a distance of approximately 4,200 feet. Lead-contaminated sediments also have been documented in wetlands associated with Hilliards Creek. Hilliards Creek flows through residential areas and the Gibbsboro Nature Preserve. The preserve includes walking trails for area residents. Lead contamination is present in sediment and soil in the flood plain of Hilliards Creek in the area of the preserve.
Response Activities (to date):
A fence has been constructed around areas of lead-contaminated sediment and soil in Hilliards Creek to prevent contact with lead-contaminated soil. Lead-contaminated soil also has been removed from one residential property. Sherwin-Williams has conducted numerous removal cleanup actions at the former plant site.
[The description of the site (release) is based on information available at the time the site was evaluated with the HRS. The description may change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination. See 56 FR 5600, February 11, 1991, or subsequent FR notices.]
For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. ATSDR ToxFAQs can be found on the Internet at ATSDR - ToxFAQs (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp) or by telephone at 1-888-42-ATSDR or 1-888-422-8737.