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Copley Square area work to begin in May

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COPLEY — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials said the latest round of work will begin this May and continue through August in the Copley Square area.

Workers will be treating shallow ground water and soil in the area where a former dry-cleaning business operated. Area residents should see heavy equipment in the area north of Copley Road between the plaza site and Meadow Run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

EPA officials said residents will likely hear frequent loud equipment noises and notice dust from the work. They added that children should be kept away from the heavy machinery in the area.

The work is the latest at the EPA Superfund site. Investigations in 1994 showed that volatile organic compounds were contaminating ground water in the area. Testing showed the former dry-cleaning business was the likely source of ground water contamination since eight wastewater tanks stored in a back room were leaking chemicals into the ground water under the building.

The Ohio EPA maintained in-home treatment systems in the area until last fall, when the homes were connected to public water.

For more information on the project, contact Margaret Gielniewski at 312-886-6244 or gielniewski.margaret@epa.gov or Susan Pastor at 312-353-1325 or pastor.susan@epa.gov. Information also is available at www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/copleysquare.


— Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this report.

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