7/17/20
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Ohio EPA Issues Air Permit for Petmin

Ohio EPA today issued an air permit to Petmin, USA Inc. for the company’s proposed facility in Ashtabula. This permit replaces the air permit issued February 6, 2019.

The permit authorizes Petmin to install and operate production equipment for the manufacturing of merchant pig iron. Modeling shows allowed emission levels will not cause or contribute to an exceedance of National Ambient Air Quality Standards, ensuring that local air quality will be protected. Emissions from the facility will include nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and greenhouse gases. 

Before issuing the permit as final, Ohio EPA reviewed the draft permit to ensure it would comply with federal and state air pollution standards, laws and regulations. The Agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the public hearing in May, and during the extended public comment period. 

The final permit and Ohio EPA’s responses to public comments are available on Ohio EPA’s website

Issuance of final permits can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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