How To Use This Map:

This map allows you to view the various toxic and terrific places in Ashtabula County.  By clicking this button below, you will reveal the layers of the Toxic, but Terrific Map.  Each layer is composed of key points relating to the polluted history and bright future of Ashtabula County.   Check or uncheck each layer to customize your view of the map.  Below the map, find definitions and a more detailed key for each layer.



Layer 1: Seismic Activity & Nuclear Concern

Points of Concern


Layer 2: Fracking Waste Disposal Network

Ohio receives waste from fracking operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  This “brine” is potentially full of radioactive, toxic chemicals and diesel fuel.

Ohio Class II Injection Well: Waste water leftover from fracking for natural gas reserves in other states is brought to OH and injected miles into the earth. These are known as Class II Injection wells. The water is potentially full of radioactive, toxic fluid. We have 17 of these in Ashtabula Co.

Ohio Underground Injection Control Transporter: Transporting companies that pick up brine from the drillers and transport it to injection well or storage. We have 8 in Ashtabula County.

Ohio Residential Waste Landfills & Transfer Station: Landfills and transfer stations. There are 3 in Ashtabula County. Landfills accept solid waste from the fracking industry, and others.

Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility: A permitted facility for treating hazardous waste.


Layer 3: Superfund Sites

There are 63  total sites in Ashtabula County.  A Superfund site is any land in the US that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment.

National Priorities List (NPL) Site: 4 in Ashtabula Co. The NPL is a list of the most hazardous waste sites that have been identified by Superfund/ CERCLIS where long-term remedial response actions can only be conducted.

Great Lakes Legacy Act Cleanup: Mass cleanup project in Ashtabula County.  Learn more here.

Active Site: 13 in Ashtabula Co. Active means a Superfund site at which site assessment, removal, remedial, enforcement, cost recovery, or oversight activities are being planned or conducted under the Superfund/CERCLIS program.

Archived Site: 46 in Ashtabula Co. Archived means, “has no further interest under the Federal Superfund Program based on available information and is no longer part of the CERCLIS inventory. Does not require any clean up action or further investigation at this time.”

Deleted Site: Deleted from EPA listing – 1 in Ashtabula Co.


Layer 4:  Polluters

40 in Ashtabula County.  Found using the Toxic Release Inventory Program.  The goal of the Toxics Release Inventory program is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities and to support informed decision making at all levels by industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public.



Layer 5: Brownfields

18 in Ashtabula County. A Brownfields site is any land in the US that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. Real property, expansion, or reuse of land may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance pollutant, or contaminant.



Layer 6: Ashtabula County is Terrific!

Terrific Places


Layer 7: Toxic, but Terrific Tour Stops

Tour Stop


Learn More

Research current area polluters near you – find which companies have EPA violations right now. Click on this link, type in the city you are interested in, and see all the companies with recent and current EPA violations. Ashtabula County has hundreds we did not put on our map.

Click here to learn about the ALS outbreak in Conneaut, OH.  We learned about this outbreak during our toxic tour, and have not added it to our map:

Click here to learn more from Fractracker about the Injection Wells near you in Ohio:

Click here to learn more about the Superfund sites, Brownfields, and industry Polluters, in Ashtabula County:

Map Sources

Ashtabula River pollution & cleanup
Cleanup: 8/50-years-of-ashtabula-ri ver-contamination-settled-for-5-5-million-2/
Seismic activity