New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe are filing Natural Resource Damage lawsuits against The Sherwin Williams Co. and the Handy & Harman Electronic Materials Corp., Grewal announced Wednesday.
The complaint against Sherwin Williams centers on the paint company’s operations at sites in Gibbsboro, Voorhees Township and Lindenwold in Camden County. According to the complaint, the State of New Jersey says Sherwin Williams manufactures oil-based paints, lacquers and varnishes, and allegedly was discharging industrial wastes into the ground, into Hilliards Creek, and into other creeks and lakes.
Sherwin-Williams refuted the state’s allegations when contacted by NJBIZ.
“Sherwin-Williams has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment and has been working closely with and under the guidance and direction of both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,” Julie Young, vice president of global corporate communications at The Sherwin-Williams Co., said. “After years of investigation and risk assessment, we are actively remediating many areas of the site. Sherwin-Williams will continue to remediate the sites responsibly, effectively and with full cooperation with the USEPA, NJDEP and the communities involved.”
The complaint against Handy & Harman arises out of its operations of an etching and surfacing facility in Montvale in Bergen County in the 1980s. The state alleges that during Handy & Harman’s ownership hazardous substances including the chemical trichloroethylene were discharged on the property, contaminating groundwater and resulting in the closure of nearby drinking water wells.
NJBIZ attempted to reach Handy & Harman but was not successful.