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Bessie Williams Landfill Site

Site Information
  • Copley, OH (Summit County)
  • EPA ID# OHD987045085
  • non-NPL
  • CERCLIS listing
  • Alias(es): N/A
Contact Information

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

Remedial Project Manager
Jena Sleboda (sleboda.jena@epa.gov)
312-886-0272 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31263

Repositories

(where to view written records)

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

Norton Branch Library
3930 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road
Norton, OH

Background

The Bessie Williams Landfill Site is located at 2020 Knox Blvd., Copley, Ohio. It includes two seperate areas. The first portion covers about 18.6 acres and is referred to as the former landfill area. It was believed to have been operated as an unlicensed landfill by Robert and Bessie Williams from the late 1950s to the mid 1980s. It accepted construction, industrial, municipal, commercial and residential wastes. The second portion covers about 5 acres where the remains of the Williams residence and an after-hours club referred to as the "speakeasy" still stand. Debris such as shingles, bricks, scrap metal and glass is noticeable today. Due to the dumping and hauling activities at the site, lead-contaminated soil is EPA's main concern. The property has been vacant since 1994. Vehicular access has been restricted by a locked gate at the western end of Knox Boulevard.

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Site Updates

June 2008

A document called an Action Memorandum was finalized in May. It details how the site will be cleaned up by installing a 1-foot soil cover across the landfill area since the contamination is at relatively low levels. The area with the most highly contaminated lead levels is located on the north end of the property. A 2-foot soil cover will be used here. EPA also requires that deed restrictions be put in place to prohibit the use of the landfill property and ground water.

Public comments on EPA's recommended cleanup option outlined in an October 2007 document called Engineering Evaluation Cost Analysis, were accepted from February 11 to March 12, 2008.

Prior to that other work had been done at the site. In the early 1990s, nearly 1,600 drums, 4,800 pounds of medical waste, 165 cubic yards of assorted debris and two large fuel oil tanks were removed for proper disposal. Evaluations that followed this removal project showed that people's health and the environment had not been affected even though on-site levels of lead in soil are high. Ground water in this rural area is not contaminated.

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