sherwin-williams/hilliards creek


The Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek site is located in Gibbsboro, Camden County, New Jersey. The Sherwin-Williams/ Hilliards Creek site includes, but is not limited to, contaminated soil and ground water on the former Lucas Paint Works Plant (Lucas plant) and contaminated soil, sediment, and surface water associated with Hilliards Creek. The former Lucas plant encompassed 60 acres of land and was bounded to the north by Silver Lake and Route 561, to the east by United States (US) Avenue, to the south by vacant land, a cemetery, and Bridgewood Lake, and to the west by Clementon-Gibbsboro Road. Hilliards Creek, also known as Millard Creek, flows southwesterly through the former Lucas plant, under Foster Avenue, then turns west under W. Clementon Road, receives the outflow of Bridgewood Lake, and continues west to Kirkwood Lake. Approximately 1,000 feet upstream from Kirkwood Lake, Hilliards Creek receives surface water flow from Nichols Creek. It merges with the Cooper River just before it enters Kirkwood Lake. Kirkwood Lake and portions of Hilliards Creek are located in Voorhees and Lindenwold Townships, Camden County, New Jersey. The manufacturing history of John Lucas and Company began in 1849, and dry colors were among the first products manufactured. Dry color was the largest operation at the Lucas plant through the end of the 19th century. Chrome yellow and Prussian blue were the two major pigments produced at the Lucas plant. The Lucas plant made the first chrome greens and chrome yellows produced in America. The basic pigments used by the Lucas plant were lead and zinc oxides, white lead, non-lead chrome green, and chrome yellow. White lead was ground at the plant. Later, the Lucas plant produced 24 different varieties of varnish. When it was owned and operated by the Sherwin-Williams Company, the plant included: an area for unloading raw materials from railroad cars; two tank farms for raw materials including storage tanks constructed prior to 1908; several storage areas for drummed raw materials; an industrial and domestic wastewater treatment and disposal system consisting of unlined percolation/settling lagoons; a solid waste disposal area for paint sludges; an extensive system of pipes to transport raw materials; and a drum cleaning area. Raw materials were mixed and processed in a number of specialized buildings located throughout the plant area. Raw materials stored on the plant included: naphtha (8,000 gallons); xylene (26,000 gallons); mineral spirits (100,000 gallons); toluene and solvent blends (65,000 gallons); as well as aromatic naphtha (1,500 gallons). In June 1981, a majority of the Sherwin-Williams Company plant was sold to developer Robert K. Scarborough. Scarborough developed the former plant into a light industrial complex named The Paint Works Corporate Center (PWCC). The PWCC is made up of nine buildings. In December 1987, a portion of the former plant property was sold to Brandywine Realty Trust. Site Responsibility: The site is currently being addressed through Federal action and potentially responsible party (PRP) involvement.

Hazardous Ranking Score

50 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

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