As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

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


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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