Ohio EPA Receives Application for a Discharge Permit from Ashtabula Energy

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing in Ashtabula on Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015, regarding an application from Ashtabula Energy to discharge treated wastewater to Lake Erie. The public hearing is at 6 p.m. at Kent State University – Ashtabula Campus, Blue-Gold Room, 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula.

Ashtabula Energy, State Route 531 in Ashtabula, seeks to build a new industrial processing plant to convert natural gas to diesel fuel. If approved, the wastewater discharge permit would allow 1.625 million gallons of wastewater per day to be discharged into Lake Erie. The discharge water would consist of non-contact cooling water, water treatment plant residuals, sanitary wastewater and process waste streams. The process wastewaters would be sent through a treatment process prior to being discharged.

The discharge is expected to have minimal impact on the water quality of the lake. The project will discharge less than 10 percent of what Lake Erie can safely accept. The approved discharge may result in a change from the current water quality condition of Lake Erie, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards.

In addition to oral comments provided at the meeting, Ohio EPA equally considers written comments. The public can submit comments through Jan. 29, 2015, regarding the application. Comments can be sent to EPA.DSWComments@epa.ohio.gov or Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Please include ID # 3IN00387 in all correspondence. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny the final permit.

The application and related documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water (50 W. Town St., Suite 700, Columbus) by first calling (614) 644-2001 or Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office (2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, OH, 44087) by first calling (330) 963-1200. Interested parties also may write to the Northeast District Office for more information.


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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