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Copley Square Plaza

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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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November 2014

EPA will return to Copley in December to install permanent soil vapor probes behind the former dry cleaning building and at one nearby home, to replace two old probes.  Residents may notice contractors using a large piece equipment called a Geoprobe® to pound in two vapor wells. Information collected from these two new and 12 existing vapor wells will help determine whether the mitigation systems, (installed in 2012) are functioning as intended .

EPA also drilled six new monitoring wells and abandoned and replaced four old monitoring wells in 2014.  The wells that were replaced were 20 years old. EPA contractors will return every three months to sample all of the wells.

Sample results will tell us if the September 2013 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. Results will be summarized in a document called a Remedial Investigation Report which should be available for public review 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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