This Wednesday at 11:00! Join Ashtabula County Water Watch on Zoom
Two Scientists join Ashtabula County Water Watch to discuss some of the potential health impacts of the emissions projected for the proposed Petmin pig iron plant. Recently, the EPA held a hearing to listen to the concerns of residents of Ashtabula County regarding an air permit where Petmin proposes to increase their pollution emissions by 2-6 fold (click here to see a chart of the two air permits and number of tons of pollution annually). Over 80 people attended the hearing (listen to the hearing at ACWW.us).
While most agree that a business that promises to employ 100 workers sounds great, being informed of the potential health risks will assist our community understand how to best protect themselves, their children and their elders.
Dr. Andrea Hindman– is a molecular biologist by training, now a fellow in chemical and material policy at the Department of Defense. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Ohio State University. As a molecular biologist she works to connect lifetime chemical exposures to potential adverse health outcomes, specifically chemicals that mimic hormones to breast cancer risk. Currently, Dr. Hindman is a science policy fellow supporting the Department of Defense.
Dr. Erin McDuffie– is an atmospheric scientist and she studies sources of air pollution and the impacts on global air quality and human health. She holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently Dr Mc Duffie uses large scale computer models to identify global sources of fine particulate matter and collaborate with health researchers to determine the long-term health impacts.
If you are interested in more information please visit Ashtabula County Water Watch at www.acww.us
The proposed Petmin pig iron plant projects using 15,000 million BTUs of natural gas daily for their operations. Natural gas will piped in from the new Risberg pipeline to N Kingsville (and they are working on extending the pipe to Ashtabula). We estimate the need for over 7,000 new wells to procure this amount of natural gas, much of which will be obtained through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in NW Pennsylvania and east central Ohio. The waste from this process is then pushed deep into the ground via loosely regulated injection wells – we have 15 active sites in Ashtabula currently. You are invited to listen in on an expert in this field, tomorrow. Ted Auch will be presenting and you are encouraged to join in.
Waste, Water, and Landscape Impact
Of Fracking on Eastern Ohio – Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6pm – 7pm. Ted Auch of FracTracker will lead a discussion of how injection wells endanger communities and how we can stop them. Sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby of Youngstown. Link and information is at:
Petmin is asking for huge increases in emissions from their previous EPA air permit – 2 to 6 times as much pollution will be emitted.
Fifty-six tons additional NOx (nitrogen oxides) per year, for a total of 484 tons per year –this is similar to adding 2.5 million cars to the streets of Ashtabula County daily. Over double the amount of SO2 (sulfur dioxide), Particulate Matter10, and greenhouse gases; over five times the amount of Particulate Matter 2.5; and six times the amount of CO (carbon monoxide). All of these pollutants are known to be carcinogenic and toxic to the respiratory system.
Petmin is asking for huge increases in emissions from their previous air permit but promise to come up with a carbon dioxide capture/reuse supplier later. It has always been in the plan but they have yet to find one. Read article below for more…
Petmin EPA article April 2020 1
This link compares the old permit and the requested new air permit. Read link to see health considerations for each: 56 tons additional NOx (nitrogen oxides) – this alone is similar to adding 2.5 million cars to the streets of Ashtabula County. Over double the amount of SO2 (sulfur dioxide), Particulate Matter10, and greenhouse gases; over five times the amount of Particulate Matter 2.5; and six times the amount of CO (carbon monoxide).
EPA air permit: The proposed Petmin pig iron plant that to be located just east of Bridge Street in Ashtabula has requested a new air permit from the EPA. The new air permit requests compared to their previous air permit will increase Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), the amount listed is similar to adding 2.5 million cars to the streets of Ashtabula; increase Particulate matter less than 10 (PM10) over double original estimate; double the amount of Sulfur dioxide (SO2); increase Carbon Monoxide levels by sixfold, double their origin amount of Greenhouses gases. EPA is offering a hearing to learn more. Join us!
Link to sign up for virtual meeting scheduled for 5.7.20
Please sign up and attend this important meeting at this address!
Science journalist Justin Nobel has spent the past 20 months reporting on the issue of the radioactivity brought to the surface in oil and gas production, and the many different pathways of contamination posed to the industry’s workers, the public, communities, and the environment. He will speak about his finding published in the February issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Joining Justin will be Youngstown Senior Fire Battalion Chief Sil Caggiano. Chief Caggiano has served the citizens of Youngstown and Mahoning County for over 37 years receiving numerous professional recognitions. He will share his concerns over the danger to both first responders and residents from the fracking industry. Free and open to the public.
Ashtabula County Water Watch is an all-volunteer group of concerned residents who have been working together since 2012 to address issues related to water quality, ecosystem health, and the wellbeing of rural and urban communities in Ashtabula County.