Summit Equipment & Supplies, Inc.
- Akron, OH (Summit County)
- EPA ID# OHD055523401
Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (email@example.com)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325
Remedial Project Manager
312-886-7058 or 800-621-8431, ext. 67058
(where to view written records)
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Science & Technology Dept.
60 S. High St.
The 7.5-acre former salvage yard and scrap metal facility, located at 875 Ivor Ave., Akron, is bordered by the Akron-Barberton Beltway Railroad tracks to the north; a low-lying woodland and marsh to the east; a residential area to the south; and a light industrial area to the west. The marsh to the east of the salvage yard is immediately adjacent to Lake Nesmith, a local recreation area.
Operating from the 1950s to the 1980s, Summit Equipment accepted large numbers of transformers containing PCB oils. It also stored transformers and batteries intended for scrap and reclamation. In the early 1970s, batteries were recycled while metals from electrical equipment were smelted on-site in a small furnace. Oil reclaimed from the transformers reportedly provided fuel for the furnace. These activities resulted in on-site PCB contamination of soil and off-site movement of the PCBs. These site operations also resulted in ground water contamination under the site.
In 1987, EPA conducted an emergency action to stop the PCBs from moving off-site. About 300 capacitors and 1,300 transformer carcasses were also removed to stabilize the site and protect neighbors’ health as well as the environment.
In 1991, EPA also oversaw removal and disposal of:
- 2,000 tons of contaminated scrap, motors, and stone
- over 160 drums containing various items including furnace residue, metal grinding dust, and PCB- and mercury-contaminated soil
- non-hazardous waste oil, paint residue, and batteries
- over 432 cubic yards of tires
- 219 tons of building demolition debris
- two large transformer carcasses weighing 2,500 pounds
- three mercury rectifiers and eight compressed air cylinders
In 1998, the EPA finalized a long-term cleanup plan, called the record of decision, which included:
- clearing unexploded ordnance
- excavating all contaminated soil
- backfilling and regrading the excavated areas with clean fill
- transporting contaminated soil to a permitted landfill for disposal
- monitoring the ground water
- restricting future land and ground water use
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In 2013, EPA completed a status review of the site's cleanup. This type of review is required at least every five years where the cleanup is complete but hazardous substances remain at levels too high to allow unrestricted use of the site. These reviews are done to ensure that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.
The review included:
- An evaluation of background information.
- Cleanup requirements.
- Effectiveness of the cleanup and any anticipated future actions.
- An analysis of ways for EPA to operate more efficiently.
- Maintenance and monitoring efforts.
The review found the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. The area remains fenced to discourage trespassing, although a fence is not required to prevent exposure to hazardous substances. Also, a natural treatment process, called monitored natural attenuation, continues to cleanse the groundwater of hazardous substances before they can move off-site.
Report trespassers to local police; direct health concerns to the Summit County Health Department
The next review will be in 2018. The third five-year review (PDF) (30pp, 831KB) details the site's progress.
- Extent of Contamination (PDF) (91pp, 1.2MB) April 1988
- On Scene Coordinator's Report (PDF) (32pp, 1.2MB) February 1990
- Action Memorandum (PDF) (24pp, 629K) April 1991
- Community Relations Plan (PDF) (20pp, 834K) July 1987
- Explanation of Significant Difference (PDF) (6pp, 209K) July 2004
- Record of Decision (PDF) (49pp, 508K) June 1998
- Third five-year review (PDF) (30pp, 831KB) July 2013
- Second five-year review (PDF) (35pp, 1.4MB) July 2008
- First five-year review (PDF) (35pp, 452K) August 2003
- Administrative Order on Consent (PDF) (42pp, 2.2MB) July 1991
- Consent Decree with Alleged Generator Defendants (PDF) (51pp, 2.0MB) Sept 2005