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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Petmin USA Inc.

Public Meeting/Public Hearing Scheduled May 7, 2020

Ohio EPA will hold an online public meeting and hearing to accept public comments on a draft air pollution permit for Petmin, USA Inc.’s proposed facility in Ashtabula. If approved, the permit would replace the existing air permit and is being considered due to design changes at the facility.  

During the webinar, which will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Agency will give a short presentation on the draft permit. Individuals participating in the webinar may submit questions through the webinar application. A webinar hearing will immediately follow, during which the public can submit comments through the webinar application, on the record, about the draft permit. Individuals should preregister for the webinar. On the day of the webinar, registered participants should join 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure proper connectivity.

The Agency will consider all comments received prior to making a final decision on the draft permit. If the final permit is issued, Petmin USA would be able to install and operate a pig iron manufacturing facility in the city of Ashtabula. Equipment and infrastructure to be installed would include a process gas heater, electric arc furnace, direct reduced iron reactor, startup boiler, black start generator, emergency generators, emergency fire pumps, ladle preheaters, quenching and wastewater pretreatment, material handling, and roadways. Emissions from the major stationary source would include nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and greenhouse gases. Computer modeling involving the project’s air emissions was required and conducted to ensure that local air quality would be protected.

Ohio EPA will accept written electronic comments on the draft air permit-to-install through May 11. Written electronic comments must either be submitted through the webinar application or via e-mail. Mailed comments cannot be accepted at this time due to Ohio EPA’s limitations on receiving physical mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Written electronic comments may be submitted by email to anthony.becker@epa.ohio.gov.

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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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