Air Permit for Belmont OH Ethane Cracker Plant under Review

by admin on November 15, 2018

Dilles Bottom is in a deep valley with many residential areas nearby

Ohio EPA seeks input on draft air permit for proposed PTTGCA Cracker Plant to be located in BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio

From an Article of WTOV News 9, Steubenville, OH, November 10, 2018

The Ohio EPA is asking for input regarding the draft air permit for the potential construction of a billion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Belmont County.

The cracker plant would be built in Dilles Bottom. (This is in the Ohio River valley directly across the river from Moundsville in Marshall County, West Virginia.)

If approved, the permit would allow construction of the PTTGCA Petrochemical Complex that would use six ethane cracking furnaces and manufacture ethylene and polyethylene.

The EPA says different gases and pollutants could be emitted, however, its goal is to ensure air quality, and the maximum air emissions would be limited.

There will be a public hearing hosted by the Ohio EPA at 6 p.m. on November 27 at Shadyside High School to discuss the air permit.

The permit application may be viewed online here by entering permit number P0124972 or at the Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan. See the PDF version of the draft air permit here. Call for an appointment: (740) 380-5245.

Ohio EPA values public input. Comments will be accepted both verbally and in writing at the hearing and may be submitted through December 11, 2018.

Written comments may be sent by mail to Kimbra Reinbold, Ohio EPA, DAPC Southeast District Office, 2195 East Front Street, Logan, Ohio, 43138 or emailed to


PTTGCA Petrochemical Plant Complex — Permit Description

Initial installation permit for a world-scale petrochemical complex composed of ethylene and ethylene-based derivative plants to manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene/HDPE (LLDPE/HDPE) with the following design capacities: Ethylene Plant: 1,500 KT/year; HDPE Units: two (2) trains of 350 KT/year for each train; and LLDPE/HDPE Units: two (2) trains of 450 KT/year for each train. The petrochemical complex will also involve onsite railcar and truck loading, supporting utilities, infrastructure, storage tanks, logistics facilities, and facilities to produce and/or provide required natural gas, water, air, nitrogen, steam, and electricity to support the operation of process units.

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Vivian Stockman November 26, 2018 at 10:55 am

No Petrochem Plastic Plant on the Ohio:
……………… Comment Online, Attend Hearing

From Vivian Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Council

As you may know, OVEC is working in coalition with a number of groups to stop the Appalachian Storage Hub (ASH), a massive petrochemical build-out proposed for our region that would require a huge increase in fracking, threaten our drinking water, increase threats to public health, and increase greenhouse gas emissions, even though the findings of recent studies and reports scream at us to do everything in our power to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions NOW.

As an initial part of this ASH monstrosity, the PTTG Corporation wants to build an ethane cracker in Shadyside, Ohio, a town along the Ohio River, fairly close to Moundsville, WV. According to its air permit application, the air toxics the factory would emit in excess of one ton per year include hexane, ammonia, and ethyl chloride. The plant’s air pollution would include large quantities of fine particles, particles that travel from our lungs, into the blood, and cross the blood-brain barrier. In pregnant women, these particles cross from her blood stream into her baby’s umbilical cord. The particles can cause asthma, respiratory inflammation, jeopardize lung functions, and even promote cancers.

One of the groups with which we are working in coalition, the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club, has made it easy for you to comment on the air permit, here:

Please take action, but add a personalized comment. Decision makers pay the most attention to comments with a personal message.

If you are nearby, please make plans to attend the public hearing on this air permit (Draft Permit #P0124972) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 at Shadyside High School, 3890 Lincoln Ave, Shadyside, OH 43947. Wear a white T-shirt for clean air! The deadline for written comments is December 3; details here:

For more info, please read Dr. Randi Pokladnik’s column: “Quality of our region’s air remains an issue”

OVEC’s Dustin White will be there. If you need tips on how to make comments and some ideas about points to cover, e-mail

There will be a hearing on this factory’s NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit on December 12. Watch our website calendar page for details.


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