Ohio EPA Holding Public Hearing to Discuss Permit for Iron Briquette Manufacturer in Toledo

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments at a Jan. 18, 2018, public meeting on a draft air emissions permit for an iron briquette manufacturing facility in Toledo. The IronUnits plant plans to locate on the former Ironville Terminal brownfield site at Front Street and Millard Avenue in East Toledo.

The public information session and hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Waite High School cafeteria, 301 Morrison Drive, Toledo. A hearing will immediately follow during which the public can submit comments for the record concerning the draft permit. 

If approved, the permit would allow construction of a 2.48 million tons-per-year hot briquetted iron and direct reduced iron manufacturing facility. The plant will use a reformer fueled by natural gas and a shaft furnace. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and greenhouse gas pollutants are expected to be emitted along with minor quantities of other pollutants. Computer modeling was conducted to ensure local air quality will be protected.

If the permit is approved, the total maximum air emissions would be limited to protect public health and the environment. Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as siting, eminent domain, setbacks to homes, schools or businesses, noise levels, traffic, zoning or property value effects. 

Written comments are considered the same as oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by the close of business on Jan. 22, 2018. Comments can be mailed to Matt Stanfield, Toledo Division of Environmental Services, 348 S. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604, or emailed to Matthew.Stanfield@toledo.oh.gov

Interested parties may access the draft permit online or request a copy from Toledo Division of Environmental Services by first calling (419) 936-3015.


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.