Ashtabula County Water Watch (ACWW), a dedicated group of professionals, farmers, students and elders in Ashtabula County, and whose priorities are clean air, water, land and ecosystems, has filed an appeal to the new EPA air permit granted to Petmin USA, on July 17, 2020. Ashtabula County residents have significantly higher levels of chronic illness, obesity, poverty and less education than Ohio State averages.  ACWW believes that the increased emissions proposed by Petmin will likely adversely affect the health of all residents, especially our vulnerable populations, in Ashtabula and has the potential to adversely affect the land, water and air of Ashtabula City and County. ACWW also believes that the placement of a pig iron plant in Ashtabula Harbor will negatively impact tourism and our designation of, “Best Main Street,” and the use of the Ashtabula River and Lake Erie for recreational activities such as kayaking, swimming, fishing, birding, biking, canoeing and boating.

To learn more about the environmental impacts and concerns within the city and county of Ashtabula, please join ACWW in a webinar series, “Water Watch Wednesdays,” coming this September on Wednesdays at 6pm. All are welcome to attend and it is free. Registration is required. To register, please visit or register below. We look forward to a community discussion on how to build a more sustainable, financially viable and beautiful city and county for all to enjoy! 

Register for Water Watch Wednesdays here

To help the cause – please donate to our Go Fund Me to help with lawyer fees at: