Ashtabula County Water Watch

Clean water is a human right.

Scientists discuss projected impacts of Petmin air pollution

This Wednesday at 11:00! Join Ashtabula County Water Watch on Zoom


5th Street in Ashtabula looking toward projected Petmin pig iron site

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


For questions ACWW asked to EPA at air permit hearing (still awaiting reply)

Video of EPA hearing regarding Petmin’s application for new air permit 5.7.2020

https://www.facebook.com/ashtabulacountywaterwatch/
Join us on facebook. Join us in action!

EPA hearing – tonight!

Attend the EPA air permit hearing scheduled for May 7, 2020. Register here!
Hello, neighbors!

Your presence is requested, tonight at 6pm! 

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.

There are many questions regarding the new air permit – see “32 Questions PLUS” at www.acww.us. 

The EPA will be holding a virtual hearing regarding the permit on Thursday, May 7th at 6pm. Register at  http://epa.ohio.gov/virtual. The EPA will be allowing questions and comments until May 11th at 5pm:   Email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov and anthony.becker@epa.ohio.gov, air permit number P0126768 (Petmin USA).

Your presence is requested, tonight at 6pm! 

Questions from the community to EPA regarding new proposed air permit

Compare the old air permit and the new – plus health concerns

Please join the meeting tonight – EPA virtual meeting – sign up here!

We look forward to seeing you tonight! If you are unable to attend, please check back to our website for updates.

Fracking ‘Ted’ Talk: Ted Auch from FrackTracker Talks About Fracking Waste Effects on Eastern Ohio

Toledo’s Cleveland Cliffs hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant…and a similar sky line in store for Ashtabula Harbor with Petmin?

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:

https://facebook.com/events/s/waste-water-landscape-impact-o/227195181676331/?ti=icl.

Visit Ashtabula County Water Watch at www.ACWW.us

2.5 Million More Cars in Ashtabula?

ACWW talked with Dr. Gonzalez of UCLA about what particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) means to health:

Petmin’s new air permit application shows an increase in PM2.5 FIVE times their original amount.


Petmin USA is requesting a new air permit.

EPA has agreed to accept comments until FRIDAY, MAY 15 at 5PM. Please send comments, questions and concerns to anthony.becker@epa.ohio.gov

Watch the EPA webinar regarding the new Petmin air permit held online 5.7.20 : Petmin is asking for huge increases in emissions from their previous air permit whose total toxic pollutants are quite larger than originally projected.


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).


Printed on 5.6.20 in The Gazette

Transcript of comments from EPA public hearing 5.7.20

Ashtabula County Needs YOU!

Attend the EPA air permit hearing scheduled for May 7, 2020. Register here!

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

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).

Star Beacon 4.17.20 - 2

Star Beacon 4.17.20 – 2

Attend the EPA air permit hearing scheduled for May 7, 2020. Register here!

Proposed Petmin pig iron plant: EPA air permit hearing scheduled for May 7th at 6pm

  1. 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! 

http://epa.ohio.gov/virtual

Link to permit: https://www.publicnoticesohio.com/Details.aspx?SID=f02xujattmfbbb0uk5pg1wrk&ID=290301&NPDID=0&EmailID=pvincent%40vls.com&CID=7848

For updates, subscribe to our email list under “Contact” tab.

For a chart of previous EPA air permit allocations and current projected, please visit our “get involved” link.

1.25.20 Rolling Stone Magazine Journalist to Expose Harms of Radioactive Oil/Gas Waste at Youngstown State Event

Radioactive Oil/Gas Waste Harming Us All 

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12 pm – 2pm

Youngstown University, Cushwa Hall, B100

210 Lincoln Ave, Youngstown.

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.

Invisible Hand : Film and Discussion

A film and discussion to be held at Ashtabula District County Library

4335 Park Ave, Ashtabula, OH

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019, at 6pm – 8:15pm

Please join us and Tish O’Dell – CELDF Ohio Organizer assisting Toledo citizens establish the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

The first documentary about the creation of ‘Rights of Nature’

Our water is arguably our greatest natural resource in Ashtabula!

Sponsored by the Ashtabula NAACP and Moving Forward Together, Indivisible Ashtabula County

« Older posts