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EPA picks cleanup plan for Copley Square Plaza Superfund site

Release Date: 10/28/2009
Contact Information: Mick Hans, 312-353-5050, hans.mick@epa.gov Susan Pastor, 312-353-1325, pastor.susan@epa.gov

For Immediate Release
No. 09-OPA214

(CHICAGO – Oct. 28, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has selected a cleanup plan for the Copley Square Plaza Superfund site at 2777 Copley Road in Copley, Ohio. A comment period including a public meeting was held this past July.

EPA evaluated three alternatives and chose a $5 million plan that includes treatment of shallow ground water contaminated by tetrachloroethene—commonly known as “PERC”—and connection of about 30 area homes to a public water supply.

The plan also includes restricting access to ground water through local ordinances, and the installation of vapor extraction systems under some homes to address the possibility of harmful gases rising up through the ground into homes.

There will be no cost to residents for either the water connections or installation of the soil-vapor systems. EPA’s Superfund program will fund 90 percent of the cleanup, with a 10 percent contribution from Ohio EPA.

With the plan now final, EPA is working on engineering designs for the water connections and soil-vapor systems over the winter. Residents targeted for these systems will be contacted in late 2009 and early 2010.

For information on the Copley Square Plaza Superfund site, see http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/copleysquare. Residents with questions may contact EPA community involvement coordinator Susan Pastor, 800-621-8431, Ext. 31325, or pastor.susan@epa.gov.

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