A Pennsylvania hemp-processing center that was closed after repeat air-quality warnings from the state has been fined and given permission to reopen on a limited basis.
Under the terms of a Dec. 24 agreement with the state, the Jeannette facility owned by Patriot Shield Security will be fined $29,000 for air-quality violations, according to the Tribune-Review in Western Pennsylvania.
Patriot Shield, a Colorado-based security and transportation company that serves both hemp and marijuana clients, must pay $5,000 within 60 days, with five more payments of $4,000 at the end of each month starting March 31.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered the facility to cease operations in late November after a series of odor complaints.
Patriot Shield has until March to send the agency an application to dry hemp in 2020, including an odor-control plan.
More details about the facility’s agreement to be allowed to reopen are available here.