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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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NEW YORK--Cleanup on a Superfund site at a former paint manufacturing facility may be delayed now that federal regulators have extended a public comment period.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection had originally set the comment period to end on July 2 for the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro and Voorheers, NJ. But after a “request from the public,” the agency is allowing public comments through Aug. 1, according to a statement issued July 1.


Three sites make up the Sherwin-Williams Superfund site, which spans two New Jersey towns. A public comment period for the first of multiple initiatives has been extended until Aug. 1.

Neighbors who border the former SW/HC property are in line for a $14 million cleanup of their property, according to officials.

Federal authorities announced the cleanup plan in June, along with a timeline for a public meeting and public comment session.

The meeting was held on June 11.

A Toxic Past

Originally owned by Lucas Paint Works, the SW/HC is one of three that make up Sherwin-Williams’ Supefund site in the area. The old plant’s soil and groundwater is contaminated with lead, arsenic and volatile organic compounds.

The manufacturing site dates to the 19th century, and paint-making began there in the mid-1800s. John Lucas and Company produced the first greens and chrome yellows made in America, According to the EPA.

White lead was ground there, and the plant eventually produced 24 varieties of varnish as well as a variety of toxic pigments, according to the EPA’s Site Description. A variety of other toxic raw materials also were mixed and processed there.


Originally owned by Lucas Paint Works, the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliard Creek site contaminated the soil and groundwater with lead and arsenic from the 1800s until it was closed in 1977.

Sherwin-Williams bought the property in the 1930s. From the time the former manufacturing site began making paint until SW closed it in 1977, the owners engaged in waste discharge and improper storage tactics that led to “widespread contamination” involving “high levels of contaminants,” according to the EPA.

The paint plant parcel was the last of the three SW sites in that area to be named a Superfund when it was added to the list in 2008.

The EPA says written comments may be mailed or emailed to:

Ray Klimcsak, Remedial Project Manager
U.S. EPA, 290 Broadway 19th Floor
New York, New York, 10007-1866


Tagged categories: Cleanup; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Good Technical Practice; Hazardous waste; Health and safety; North America; Paint disposal; Sherwin-Williams

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