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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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October 2013

Cleanup of tetrachloroethene, or PERC, in the shallow groundwater and soil has been completed for the year. The fence around the property north of Copley Road between Copley Square Plaza and Meadow Run has been removed, the trailer/temporary office and all of the heavy equipment is gone, and the security guard is no longer needed.

The nearby field was reseeded so it should look as it did before the project started in May. We will return in spring 2014 to check on it. All of the holes on and near the former dry cleaning business have been filled in. The holes were drilled into the ground earlier this year so workers could inject a thick chemical mixture of iron shavings and carbon into the polluted soil and groundwater. This mixture will destroy the dry cleaning solvents in the groundwater and render them harmless over time. Since it took over 30 years for the solvents to move to where they are now, it will take at least 10 years to completely destroy this underground area of contamination, or plume.

This shallow plume will be monitored for the next 10 years to see how well it is naturally cleaning itself. If needed, a second round of injections may occur in 2016 to speed up the process that was started this year to make sure the contamination has been completely eliminated.

To get a better look at PERC contamination deeper underground, some new monitoring wells were installed. These wells, along with others previously installed, are being sampled quarterly through June 2014. The results will be summarized in a document called a Remedial Investigation Report which should be available to the public by spring 2015.

Addressing contaminated groundwater is one part of our cleanup.


Twenty-three homes were connected to public water in 2013 and all private wells have been abandoned. We also removed whole-house filtration systems which were installed in the basements of six homes in 1994. Roadways and driveways were restored after the water connections and new fire hydrant installations were completed. Soil was brought in to cover excavated areas. Grass seed was placed on top and covered with hay to prevent it from blowing away. EPA will return in spring 2014 to add more soil and grass seed as needed.

Based on results from water samples taken in 2011, it was decided that EPA would pay for these homes to be hooked up to Akron city water since they were on top or very near a plume of PERC contamination.

Residents whose homes were hooked up receive a monthly water bill from the city of Akron. The Meadows of Copley homes weren’t affected because they have always been connected to public water.

Connecting homes to public water is another part of our cleanup.


Two of the homes that received public water also received vapor intrusion mitigation systems along with five other Copley homes. Indoor systems (about the size of footballs) were placed in basements to extract air from the soil beneath them. Vapors are being vented outdoors. Although the air venting systems were installed for free, there is a slight increase in monthly electric bills.

Addressing homes suspected to have vapors rising up through the ground and entering them through a process known as "vapor intrusion" is the third part of our cleanup.

Copley Square Plaza was one of 34 Superfund projects nationwide, and the only project in Ohio, to receive funding to address their environmental problems in 2012.

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