Contractors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are scheduled to begin setting up for a new cleanup today near a now-closed dry cleaning shop in Copley Township.
The cleanup itself will likely begin in early June, EPA spokeswoman Phillipa Cannon said.
The project covers soil and shallow groundwater remediation near the Copley Square Plaza at Copley (state Route 162) and Jacoby roads.
The work will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and will continue into August or September.
The area affected is north of Copley Road between the plaza and Meadow Run condominiums.
The EPA warns neighbors that the work will result in frequent loud equipment noises, dust from the construction and heavy equipment in the area.
For more information, contact remedial project manager Margaret Gieiniewski at 312-886-6244 or community involvement coordinator Susan Pastor at 312-353-1325.
Information is also available at www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/copleysquare.
The project is part of a three-step remedy to correct contamination of an aquifer and soils from a former dry cleaning shop at the Copley Square Plaza that surfaced in 1990.
The $2 million plan calls for injecting a chemical mixture into the shallow aquifer to break up the dry cleaning chemicals — tetrachloroethane — that caused the contamination.
There is no immediate health threat, but residents could be at risk because of long-term exposure, the EPA said.
Earlier, the EPA had installed equipment in seven houses and condominiums to ensure that harmful vapors are not coming through the ground and affecting indoor air. In addition, 23 homes in the area were hooked up to Akron water and those wells were abandoned. The cost of the water connections and air controls is $1.5 million.
The contamination problem at Copley Square was discovered in 1990. It was detected by odors in water from two wells serving the plaza at 2777-2799 Copley Road.
In 1994, the Ohio EPA discovered 8,000 gallons of toxic chemicals stored in eight homemade pits under the plaza’s dry-cleaning shop.
The plaza’s two water wells were abandoned and a trench and sump system was built to remove contaminants from the soil and groundwater.
State and federal officials thought the pollution problem had been rectified in the mid-1990s, but in 2000, contamination was found to be spreading to the south and east.
In 2005, the site became part of the federal Superfund cleanup program. It was one of 34 Superfund sites across the United States and the only one in Ohio to be funded in 2012.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.