US Army Corps of Engineers
Buffalo District



About the Harshaw Site

Harshaw Site

The former Harshaw Chemical Company, located at 1000 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, was contracted by the Manhattan Engineer District and later the Atomic Energy Commission to support the Nation’s early atomic weapons program. From 1944 to 1959, various forms of uranium were processed at the Harshaw Site and sent to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for further processing. Based on a request from the State of Ohio and the site owners, the Department of Energy determined that this site should be reviewed for possible inclusion in the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) and on June 3, 1999, referred this action to the Corps of Engineers.      


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The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Proposed Plan for Operable Units 1 and 2, Former Harshaw Chemical Company Site at the link provided in the Reports Section below.

The proposed plan documents the preferred remedial alternatives to address FUSRAP-related soil contamination at the Harshaw Site:  Alternative 3—Complete Excavation and Off-Site Disposal (OU-1) using industrial preliminary remediation goals based on an industrial reasonable future land use and Alternative 7—Complete Excavation and Off-Site Disposal (OU-2) using residential preliminary remediation goals based on a residential reasonable future land use.

These alternatives involve complete excavation of FUSRAP-impacted soils exceeding their respective applicable or relevant and appropriate requirement-based preliminary remediation goals, transportation and off-site disposal of soils, confirmatory sampling and site restoration. Both alternatives will be protective of human health and the environment, comply with applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements, are cost effective, use permanent solutions and alternative treatment technologies or resource recovery technologies to the maximum extent practicable.

The public comment period for the proposed plan begins March 14, 2019 and ends May 14, 2019.

A public meeting will be conducted April 2, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South (6001 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131) beginning with a poster session at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will start at 7 p.m. A court recorder will be available to record verbal comments after the presentation.

Written comments may be provided that evening; emailed to; or mailed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Attention: Environmental Project Management Team, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York 14207. 

The proposed plan and supporting documents are available in the administrative record for the site, which is available electronically in the Cuyahoga County Library, Brooklyn Branch, 4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144, and at the Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue, N.E., Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The administrative record is also available for review by appointment at the Buffalo District Office Library located at 1776 Niagara Street in Buffalo, New York.

After public comments are considered, a record of decision outlining the selected remedy for each operable unit will be issued. The record of decision will include a written response to comments received on the proposed plan.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District welcomes your input at any time. Our goal is to offer timely and meaningful opportunities for public input to our projects and to promote the dissemination of project information to the community. Public involvement activities complement the Corps' mission to address environmental contamination at the Harshaw Site from past Manhattan Engineer District and Atomic Energy Commission activities.

You are welcome to contact us. If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Harshaw Site, please send an e-mail to You may also mail a letter to:

USACE, Buffalo District
Attn: Special Projects Branch - Outreach
1776 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

or call us at 1-800-833-6390 (option 4).

Public Information Plan for the Harshaw Site (Dec 2013)