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The Route 561 Dump Site is located in Gibbsboro Township, Camden County, New Jersey. From the mid-1800s until 1977, John Lucas & Company, and subsequently, the Sherwin-Williams Company, operated a paint and varnish manufacturing facility at a nearby location in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. Industrial waste from the manufacturing facility was discarded in the Route 561 Dump Site.

The Route 561 Dump Site, along with the United States Avenue Burn Site and the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Site (which contains the former manufacturing plant,) comprise the Sherwin-Williams Sites located in Gibbsboro and Voorhees Townships, New Jersey.  The Route 561 Dump Site is located approximately 700 feet to the southeast of the former manufacturing plant.  After dumping activities ceased, portions of the Route 561 Dump Site were developed.  The site now includes retail businesses, a portion of a residential area, wooded vacant lots and a portion of White Sand Branch from its origin at the base of the Clement Lake Dam to the boundary of the United States Avenue Burn Site

See related sites: Sherwin Williams/Hilliards Creek Site and United States Avenue Burn Site.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

Immediate Action: In November 1997, EPA entered into an AOC with Sherwin-Williams Company, to perform a removal actions at the site. Sherwin-Williams consolidated areas of soil contamination near the base of Clement Dam.  These areas were covered with an impermeable membrane and revegetated to prevent contact with the contaminated soils.  Sherwin-Williams also installed silt fencing to prevent soil erosion into the stream and wetlands, constructed a fence around this portion of the Route 561 Dump Site and installed an intruder alarm system, including video and sound surveillance. Sherwin-Williams conducts regular routine maintenance for the fence and security system.

Long-term Cleanup: The site’s remedial investigation determined the nature and extent of site contamination.  The remedial investigation was completed and the final remedial investigation report was approved for the soil, sediment, and surface water in June 2015.  The groundwater portion of the study will be addressed in the future.  The investigation determined that there is an unacceptable risk to human health and animals from lead and arsenic.  EPA plans to release a proposed plan that addresses soil and sediment contamination of the Route 561 Dump Site in the summer of 2016.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

Site risks are currently being controlled by interim measures such as impermeable caps, fencing and security measures. A permanent remedy to address contaminated soil, sediment and surface water at the site is being planned. 

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