The EPA granted a new air permit to Petmin in July 2020 for the projected pig iron plant to be constructed in the historic Ashtabula Harbor's Pinney Docks. The plant will be in direct view of the proposed new hotel being constructed in The Harbor. The new air permit allows for 484 tons per year(tpy) of nitrogen oxides (N0x), 64 tpy of particulate matter 10, 52 tpy of particulate matter 2.5, 4 tpy sulfur dioxide, 17 tpy volatile organic compounds, 546 tpy carbon monoxide - this is over 6 times their original air permit; and 391,000 tpy of greenhouse gas/carbon dioxide equivalent. The NOx alone is similar to adding 2.5 million more cars to the roads in Ashtabula!
These numbers are much greater than the original air permit granted in 2019 and in some cases 5-6 times greater.
Asthabula County Water Watch, a group of residents within the county who are concerned about the health of residents, land, water and air, are planning to appeal this new air permit. ACWW believes in the right to clean air, land and water for all.
ACWW is asking for your monetary support to help with lawyer fees. The appeal is due mid-August and this is the estimate cost of fees to see this through. If it requires less, ACWW will use the monies to install more air monitors (www.purpleair.org).
**Let us know if you would like an air monitor installed at your home. Currently, the EPA utilizes an air quality monitor in Conneaut and that is where EPA is basing their data. Each air monitor is $269.00.
If you would like to join the effort please visit our website at ACWW.us and register to become a member.
We thank you for your support and encourage community engagement. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and fight for our community's right to clean air and water. It takes a team!
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