Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

Keim Mineral Coatings


D+D News

Main News Page


EPA, Sherwin-Williams Settle Cleanup Case

Monday, April 3, 2017

More items for Maintenance + Renovation

Comment | More

The Sherwin-Williams Company will be picking up a $14 million tab for the Route 561 Dump site cleanup in Gibbsboro, New Jersey, authorities have announced.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday (March 30) that it had reached a legal agreement with the Cleveland-based company to clean up the lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil at a site formerly used as a paint manufacturing plant and paint waste dump.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

White lead was ground on the site, and the plant eventually produced 24 varieties of varnish as well as a variety of toxic pigments, according to the EPA, and nearly 200,000 gallons of naphtha, xylene, mineral spirits, toluene, solvent blends and aromatic naptha were stored there.

“This agreement allows us to move forward on this much needed cleanup of contaminated soil and sediment and to protect the health of people who live and work in this community,” said Catherine McCabe, acting EPA Regional Administrator. “Cleanup of the Route 561 Dump Site is being paid for by Sherwin-Williams, not the taxpayers, which is an important feature of EPA’s site cleanup program.”

A Sherwin-Williams spokesperson said that the company is looking to complete the process in a timely manner.

“Significant progress has been made over the past several years and Sherwin-Williams is working with EPA and other stakeholders to move the site remediation process forward as quickly as possible.”

Businesses, a vacant lot, White Sand Branch creek and wetlands are all within the site.

A Variety of Toxins

The Route 561 site is one of three parcels that make up what the EPA refers to as the “Sherwin-Williams sites,” which were originally owned by John Lucas & Co. That company began making paint in the mid-1800s. Sherwin-Williams bought Lucas in the 1930s and expanded operations. The facility was closed in 1977 when it was sold to a developer.

White lead was ground on the site, and the plant eventually produced 24 varieties of varnish as well as a variety of toxic pigments, according to the EPA, and nearly 200,000 gallons of naphtha, xylene, mineral spirits, toluene, solvent blends and aromatic naptha were also stored there.

The operation included 20-foot-deep lagoons for wastewater and paint sludge, which were emptied directly into the creek causing widespread contamination, EPA said.

 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

After the plant closed, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection worked with Sherwin-Williams on disposing of waste on the site; in the 1990s, the EPA took over work on the site, and expanded its reach based on new findings of contamination. The agency formally announced a cleanup plan in 2015 and released its final plan for the Route 561 site’s soil remediation in September 2016.

Lead levels in the soil on the sites range up to 200,000 mg/kg in the most concentrated area—that’s 500 times the residential standard. Arsenic levels reach up to 14,000 mg/kg, more than 700 times the residential standard.

The EPA has found excessive levels of aluminum, iron, cyanide, arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and nickel in the surface water on the site.

Contamination Cleanup

After the plant closed, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection worked with Sherwin-Williams on disposing of waste on the site; in the 1990s, the EPA took over work on the site, and expanded its reach based on new findings of contamination. The agency formally announced a cleanup plan in 2015 and released its final plan for the Route 561 site’s soil remediation in September 2016.

Sherwin-Williams notes on its public information website that it is prepared to move forward with the EPA’s remedial design and that predesign activities are expected to begin this month. The EPA will oversee the entire remediation process.

“Contaminated soil will be properly disposed of at approved facilities that are licensed to handle the waste. In total, approximately 23,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil will be removed,” according to the EPA’s press release.

© iStock.com / Antoine2K

Lead levels in the soil on the sites range up to 200,000 mg/kg in the most concentrated area—that’s 500 times the residential standard. Arsenic levels reach up to 14,000 mg/kg, more than 700 times the residential standard.

The agency notes that the company has already cleaned up various contaminants in compliance with previous EPA orders such as: removing 8,096 cubic yards of sludge from a former lagoon area; removing 44,785 gallons of liquid waste; installing a soil vapor extraction treatment system to reduce the volatile organic compounds in soil near two former plant buildings; installing fencing to limit access to some source areas; and starting soil cleanup at residential properties, which is ongoing.

The EPA will conduct a review every five years to ensure effectiveness of the cleanup effort, the agency relates.

   

Tagged categories: Contaminants; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Hazardous waste; Lead; Paint; Sherwin-Williams

Comment from Gary Burke, (4/3/2017, 8:04 AM)

Nice to see they are taking care of that mess!


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Shield Industries, Inc
 
FireGuard® E-84 Intumescent Coating - Shield Industries, Inc
 
Trust the certified protection of the industry’s most innovative intumescent coating FireGuard® E-84 to provide you with the 1 and 2 hour fire ratings you need.
 

 
EMME Controls
 
EMME (Energy Management Made Easy)
 
• Achieve a zone in every room for 1/2 the cost
• Save up to 40% in energy consumption
• Works in any size building
• Can be installed in as little as a few days without remodeling
• Comfort results guaranteed in writing
 

 
Keim Mineral Coatings
 
Mineral Silicate Paints + Stains Fuse to Concrete
 
• Forms permanent chemical bonds
• Becomes part of the concrete
• Will never peel
• Looks completely natural
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
 
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!
 

 
Garland Company
 
Architectural Wall Coating Damproofs and Beautifies
 
Tuff-Coat™ multi-functional coating bridges hairline cracks, hides stains and discoloration, and reduces wall temperature, increasing the wall's life cycle.
 

 
Atlas Material Testing Technology
 
Helping You Put Your Products To The Test
 
  • Outdoor Accelerated Weathering
  • Laboratory Testing Services
  • Accelerated Weathering Instruments

  • www.atlas-mts.com
    atlas.info@ametek.com
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2018, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved