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Hoover Company

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Contact Information

Public Affairs Specialist
Rafael P. Gonzalez (gonzalez.rafaelp@epa.gov)
312-886-0269 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60269

Site Manager
Joseph C. Kelly (kelly.joseph@epa.gov)
312-353-2111 or 800-621-8431, ext. 32111

Repositories

(where to view written records)

The North Canton Public Library
185 N Main St, North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 499-4712

Background

The former Hoover Company / Maple Street Commerce facility consists of approximately 85 acres in the center of downtown North Canton, surrounded on all sides by residential properties, commercial properties, light industrial properties, and recreational areas. The Hoover Company (“Hoover”) originally used the Facility for manufacturing leather goods and as a tannery at the turn of the twentieth century, then began manufacturing electric sweepers in 1907, and manufactured household appliances and other miscellaneous products at the Facility for much of the twentieth century.  Manufacturing continued at the Facility until it was sold to Maple Street Commerce in 2008. 

Hoover operated a RCRA-regulated drum storage area at the Facility between 1980 and 2003, and entered into a voluntary corrective action agreement with the EPA in 1999 to address facility-wide cleanup and closure of the RCRA-unit.  Hoover conducted investigations of the Facility and, among other things, excavated soils, performed dual-phase extraction at and placed an asphalt cover over the Regulated Unit at the Facility, and performed soil vapor extraction in soil under a building at the then active portion of the Facility.  Hoover’s investigations identified commingled plumes of hazardous waste and/or hazardous constituents in certain areas on-site and off-site at the facility.  Trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) have been released into groundwater and soil at the Facility, and degradation products related to these are present.  Other contaminants were also identified but were determined to be of less concern that the volatile organic compounds that had migrated off-site.  In 2004, EPA put out for public comment a Statement of Basis that proposed institutional controls as a remedy for the Facility based on Hoover’s 2003 Final Corrective Measures Proposal. 

Hoover’s investigation of the potential for vapor intrusion from the facility relied primarily on the modeling.  However, soil-gas concentrations found at the Facility in 2002 near residential areas greatly exceed the residential soil gas screening criteria for TCE and PCE based on risk assessments for those chemicals posted by EPA in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  Soil-gas and groundwater concentrations in samples collected at the Facility between 2003 and 2007 also exceed those TCE and PCE screening criteria.  In addition, vinyl chloride exceeded screening criteria in the groundwater at that time. As a result, EPA determined that the compounds found in the groundwater, soil gas, soils, and/or indoor air at the Facility may pose a threat to human health or the environment, and additional investigation was requested.  The site is concurrently undergoing redevelopment for mixed-use, and identified impacts are being addressed under a recently signed Administrative Order.

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