EPA finalizes plan for Gibbsboro and Voorhees dredging

The U.S. EPA has finalized its cleanup plan to address waterbodies of the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Site in Gibbsboro, Lindenwold, and Voorhees, New Jersey.

The final decision, in the form of a Record of Decision (ROD), calls for the dredging of contaminated sediment, along with the excavation and capping of floodplain soil at Kirkwood Lake (Voorhees and Lindenwold), Silver Lake, Bridgewood Lake and Hilliards Creek (Gibbsboro).

“This final decision addresses the communities’ expressed desire that we clean up contamination in these waterbodies and it protects people from exposure to arsenic and lead contamination in the soil and sediment while preserving valued community wetlands,” said acting Regional Administrator, Walter Mugdan.

“Finalizing this cleanup plan, which reflects close coordination with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, allows us to move forward with our continuing work to protect the communities impacted by this and the other associated sites.”

Under the plan, 128,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be dredged from Silver Lake, Bridgewood Lake, Kirkwood Lake, and Hilliards Creek.

Also, EPA will oversee the construction of a system to temporarily divert streams during the cleanup work.

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