Ashtabula, OH


Ashtabula, OH

The City of Ashtabula is home to an estimated 18,144 residents, and it’s located in Ashtabula County, OH.

This report will help you become better acquainted with Ashtabula and the surrounding area by addressing the following questions:

  • Are there any hazardous sites in Ashtabula County, OH?
  • How clean is the air in Ashtabula County, OH?
  • What’s the average radon level for homes in Ashtabula County, OH?
  • Is the water in Ashtabula County, OH safe to drink?

Hazardous Sites near Ashtabula, OH

There are four Superfund sites in Ashtabula County, OH. Superfund sites, like Fields Brook in Ashtabula, OH, are areas that have been contaminated with hazardous substances. If not for the cleanup efforts orchestrated by the EPA, these sites could endanger people living in nearby communities.

The EPA uses the Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) to quantify the risk a contaminated site poses to human health and the environment. Sites assigned HRS scores of 28.5 or greater qualify for placement on the National Priorities List (NPL), and are eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup efforts.

Before the EPA deletes a site from the NPL, it conducts reviews to ensure the cleanup was sufficient. As a result, some sites remain on the active site list long after cleanup activities are complete.

For more information about the Superfund sites located in the Ashtabula, OH area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

39007

A. Fields Brook (HRS Score: 45)

The Fields Brook site is located in Ashtabula, OH.

Contaminants found at the Fields Brook site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
39007

B. Old Mill (HRS Score: 36)

The Old Mill site is located in Rock Creek, OH.

Contaminants found at the Old Mill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Lead
  • Pesticides
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C. Big D Campground (HRS Score: 31)

The Big D Campground site is located in Kingsville, OH.

Contaminants found at the Big D Campground site include:

  • Barium
  • Beryllium
  • Chromium
  • Lead
  • Chlorobenzene
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D. New Lyme Landfill (HRS Score: 31)

The New Lyme Landfill site is located in New Lyme, OH.

Contaminants found at the New Lyme Landfill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Iron

Air Quality in the Ashtabula, OH Area

The two most widespread forms of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Exposure to these harmful pollutants, for even just a short period, can have adverse effects on your health.

Thanks to data collected by air monitoring equipment located across the country, the American Lung Association (ALA) is able to assess and track our air quality using three metrics:

  • Ozone
  • Short-term Particle Pollution
  • Year-round Particle Pollution

In their 2019 annual report, the ALA rated the air quality in Ashtabula County, OH as follows:

Ground-Level
Ozone Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Short-Term
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Year-Round
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

DNC (Data Not Collected): Data on associated pollutants were not collected in this county or county equivalent.
INC (Incomplete): Associated pollutants are being monitored in this county or county equivalent, but data were insufficient to assign a grade.

Radon Levels in Ashtabula, OH Area

Air quality inside your home can be impacted by a number of factors, including the presence of hazardous substances in building materials (asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, etc.) and local radon levels.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas you cannot see or smell. It can build up inside your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality as well as your health.

To provide a guideline, the EPA assigned one of three zones to each U.S. county and county equivalent:

  • Zone 1 (higher radon levels)
  • Zone 2 (moderate levels)
  • Zone 3 (lower levels)

Indoor radon readings in Ashtabula County, OH are expected to average from 2 to 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), so the county has been assigned EPA Radon Zone 2.

EPA Radon Zone

According to the EPA, you should consider acting to reduce your home's radon level if it measures between 2 and 4 pCi/L, so if you're contemplating buying a home in Ashtabula, OH, you should have a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Ashtabula, OH Area

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA sets regulatory limits for drinking water contaminants known to cause adverse health effects.

The following Ashtabula County, OH water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
39007Roaming Shores Village PWSTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
39007Rock Creek VillageTotal Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)Increased risk of cancer 
39007Rock Creek VillageTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 

In addition to setting enforceable standards for harmful contaminants, the EPA also established guidelines to assist public water providers in managing the taste, odor and color of their drinking water.

To find out more about what’s in your drinking water, contact your utility company and request a copy of the latest Consumer Confidence Report.


Sources and Methods

Hazardous Sites: Identified using a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous sites detailed on trendingtowns.com represent sites contained on the National Priorities List (NPL) as of November 25, 2019.  The NPL is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.  All site-related data was sourced from the EPA.

Air Quality: Grades for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution were obtained from State of the Air 2019, a report compiled by the American Lung Association.

Radon Zones: Radon zone designations were obtained using a public use dataset provided by the EPA (September 11, 2019).

Water Quality: Drinking water violation data was sourced from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), a public use database provided by the EPA.  The dataset included violations submitted to the database as of the third quarter of 2019.

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