12/6/18
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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Petmin Limited

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft air permit-to-install that, if approved, would allow Petmin Limited to install and operate a pig iron manufacturing facility in the city of Ashtabula.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at Lakeside High School, 6600 Sanborn Rd., Ashtabula, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the draft permit.

Petmin Limited is seeking a permit-to-install to convert iron ore pellets to merchant pig iron, including the installation of a process gas heater, electric arc furnace, startup boiler, black start generator, emergency generators, ladle preheaters, quenching and wastewater treatment, 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 will be protected.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft air permit-to-install through Jan. 4, 2019. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or sent to: Tony Becker, Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 E. Aurora Rd, Twinsburg, Ohio, 44087, or 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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