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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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August 2015

EPA is proposing a cleanup plan for deep groundwater at the Copley Square Plaza site.  The recommended cleanup is basically the same as the ongoing cleanup in the shallow groundwater, and would involve:

A document called the “record of decision” will describe the final cleanup plan and be available to the public by the end of September.

Results from samples collected from 2012 to late 2014 from the intermediate and deep groundwater monitoring wells are summarized in a document called a Remedial Investigation Report (PDF) (93pp, 884K).  Another document called a Feasibility Study (PDF) (204pp, 13MB), details several other possible cleanup options. 

Shallow Groundwater

EPA installed permanent soil vapor probes in December 2014 behind the former dry cleaning building and at one nearby home, to replace two old probes.  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 will monitor the progress until the levels of tetrachloroethene, or PERC,-related groundwater pollution have reached safe cleanup levels.  Once the groundwater is clean, vapor intrusion will no longer be a way for residents to be exposed to PERC.

Sample results indicate the September 2013 injection of chemicals and microbes into the ground to clean up the PERC in the shallow groundwater is still working. A thick chemical mixture of iron shavings and carbon was pushed through the soil to reach the polluted groundwater to destroy the dry cleaning solvents rendering them harmless over time. A second chemical injection into the shallow groundwater is needed to speed up the cleanup. 

The total cleanup, which includes shallow and deep groundwater, is expected to be completed by 2020.  This is 2-4 years after the final injection of the chemical mixture into the deeper groundwater aquifers.

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