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Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (pastor.susan@epa.gov)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325

Remedial Project Manager
Margaret Gielniewski (gielniewski.margaret@epa.gov)
312-886-6244 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66244

Ohio EPA Site Coordinator
Mike Bolas (mike.bolas@epa.state.oh.us)


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Copley Twp. Trustees Office
1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road
Copley, OH

Fairlawn-Bath Public Library
3101 Smith Road
Akron, OH


The Copley Square Plaza Superfund site is located at 2777 Copley Road in Copley Township, Summit County. The site is near Copley Road, a busy street in the township. Private homes and the Meadows of Copley units are located immediately to the east, south and southeast.(more...)

Tetrachloroethene information from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

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June 2014

EPA is drilling six new monitoring wells and abandoning and replacing four old monitoring wells that were installed at least 25 years ago. Two contractors will be working in the area through June 20. Nearby residents may hear the engine of a drill rig and see drums of drilled-out (clean) soil. These new wells are located north and east of Copley Square Plaza, on the Meadows of Copley property, and behind Hamad’s Auto Shop on Copley Road.

When the drilling is done, the groundwater will be purged (pumped out) into drums until specific scientific factors (such as temperature and oxygen levels) are met, making the wells ready for sampling. EPA’s contractors will return in July, and then every three months after that, to sample all of the wells.

The drums with pumped-out water will be placed behind the plaza until sampling is done. The water will be taken to a licensed facility for disposal in the city of Barberton about eight miles away.

Sampling results will tell us if last year’s injection of chemicals into the ground to clean up the tetrachloroethene, or PERC, in the shallow groundwater and soil is still working. A thick chemical mixture of iron shavings and carbon was shot into the polluted soil and groundwater to destroy the dry cleaning solvents in the groundwater and render them harmless over time. Since it took over 30 years for the solvents to move to where they are now, it will take at least 10 years to completely destroy this underground area of contamination, or plume.

The new information will also be used in a separate study of deeper groundwater which is expected to be completed in January 2015. Results will be summarized in a document called a Remedial Investigation Report which should be available to the public by spring 2015.

EPA will monitor the progress until the levels of PERC-related pollution have reached safe cleanup levels.

Copley Square Plaza was one of 34 Superfund projects nationwide, and the only project in Ohio, to receive funding to address their environmental problems in 2012.

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