Congressman Norcross Responds to EPA’s Proposal for $14M Residential Cleanup at Former Sherwin-Williams Site
Cherry Hill, NJ – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a $14 million cleanup plan to remediate contaminated soil from approximately 33 residential properties at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site spanning parts of Gibbsboro and Voorhees. The EPA stated that the soil and groundwater beneath portions of the site contain hazardous lead, arsenic and volatile organic compounds.
Congressman Donald Norcross issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan:
“This cleanup proposal is welcome news for those residents of Gibbsboro and Voorhees who have had to deal with this mess for years through absolutely no fault of their own. If the soil or groundwater under your home is contaminated, you really don’t want to hear anything other than when it will be cleaned up, so it is encouraging that the EPA has now put forward a plan to accomplish that goal. I will continue working to see that these public health concerns are addressed without delay and those impacted can finally rest assured that their home is safe.”
Alice Johnston of the Kirkwood Lake Environmental Committee stated:
“Residents are happy to see that efforts are finally being made to begin cleanup of residential properties but dismayed that the lake cleanup is still far in the future per EPA plans. We hope the EPA will push forward to mandate dredging of the lake in conjunction with the rest of the cleanup efforts in order to preserve our precious lake and affected ecosystem. The lake is dying, and cleanup simply cannot be delayed much longer.”
For more information on the EPA’s $14 million residential cleanup plan or for information on submitting public comments, please feel free to contact Congressman Norcross’ office at (856) 427-7000.