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EPA seeks public comment on Laufen International clean up plan

Release Date: 05/04/2009
Contact Information: Karen Thompson, 312-353-8547,

No. 09-OPA075

(Chicago, Ill. - May 4, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has issued a proposed cleanup plan for the Laufen International facility at 10233 Sandyville Road S.E., in East Sparta, Ohio. The public is invited to provide written comments on the plan until June 1.

The $7 million proposed cleanup, required by a 2005 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act consent agreement between EPA and Laufen International will address lead and zinc containment on 15.4 acres where U.S. Ceramic Tile previously managed waste tile and waste water sludge.

The plan calls for soil and sediment removal with offsite disposal, and protective covers to eliminate exposure. The metals contamination has affected soil, surface water and sediment. Ponds and drainageways on the property are also part of the cleanup.

An EPA "Statement of Basis document that provides a summary of the environmental contamination investigation and identifies remedies proposed to clean up the site is available at the Stark County District Library, 9754 Cleveland Ave. S.E., Magnolia, Ohio or at

Written comments can be mailed to Ken Bardo, project manager, EPA, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. (LU9J), Chicago, IL 60604-3590 or email

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