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Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Petmin USA Incorporated
Ohio EPA issued a final air emissions permit-to-install today to Petmin USA Incorporated, for a proposed merchant pig iron production facility in the city of Ashtabula.
Ohio EPA permits include conditions limiting total maximum air emissions to protect public health and the environment. Emissions from the facility will 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 to ensure that local air quality will be protected.
Ohio EPA held a public meeting about the project on Dec. 20, 2018, at Lakeside High School. The Agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period before making a final decision. The final permit and the Response to Comments document 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.
Petmin also must apply for and obtain water pollution control permits prior to the start of construction or startup of the facility.
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.