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Laskin/Poplar Oil. Co.

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Contact Information

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

Remedial Project Manager
Nan Gowda
312-353-9236 or 800-621-8431, ext. 39236


(where to view written records)

Henderson Memorial Public Library
54 E. Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH

Ashtabula Public Library
355 W. 44th St.
Ashtabula, OH


The 9-acre Laskin/Poplar Oil Co. site is located southwest of the intersection of Ohio Route 307 and Poplar Street in northeastern Ohio's Ashtabula County. It is immediately south of Cemetery Creek. It started out as a greenhouse operation in the 1890s. By the 1950s, oil-fired boilers were installed to heat the greenhouses. During the 1960s and 1970s, waste oil contaminated with PCBs, PAHs, and metals were accepted. Problems arose from the storage, handling and combustion of the oil. The owner collected, sold and disposed of the oil until he was stopped by a court order in 1981.

Before a final cleanup plan was selected in 1989 to remove the source of the contamination, EPA took emergency steps to drain two contaminated ponds, divert surface water runoff to a retention pond, treat wastewater, and remove and incinerate sludge and soil. The final cleanup plan involved diverting ground water and covering certain areas of the site. According to a 1989 legal agreement called a consent decree, several companies determined responsible for the contamination agreed to do the cleanup.

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Site Updates

May 2015

EPA completed a review of the site's cleanup in May 2014. This type of review is required at least every five years where the cleanup is complete but hazardous waste remains managed on-site. These reviews are done to ensure that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.

The review included:

The review found that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. The next scheduled review will be in 2019.

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