The 60-acre Sherwood Medical Co. Site is located
in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska. Sherwood Medical Co. began its
operations at the site in 1961. Medical syringes and other medical products
were manufactured at this facility using injection-molding processes.
Chlorinated solvents were used during the manufacturing processes which
resulted in soil and groundwater contamination beneath the facility consisting
mainly of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The facility continues to
manufacture medical equipment and is currently owned and operated by Covidien.
Operation and maintenance activities and monitoring are ongoing at the site.
The third Five-Year Review was completed for the
site in September 2013. The review concluded the remedial action at the
site is protective of human health and the environment through hydraulic
containment and treatment of groundwater contamination by the groundwater extraction
and treatment system in addition to institutional controls that are in place.
Long-term protectiveness of the remedial action will be documented by
groundwater sampling to verify that hydraulic containment and treatment is in
accordance with the requirements in the Record of Decision. The next
Five-Year Review will be completed by September 2018.