Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close


A hemp drying and processing enterprise in Pennsylvania that has received many complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of spend to personnel has been ordered by the state to close.

The Pennsylvania Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order to cease operation at the Jeannette facility of Patriot Shield, The Philadelphia Enquirer reported.

The hemp processor is owned by Patriot Shield Safety, a Colorado-primarily based safety and transportation enterprise that serves each hemp and marijuana clientele.

“This enforcement action follows two notices of violation sent to the facility following citizen complaints and inspections by DEP employees documenting malodors, as nicely as the installation and operation of gear with out DEP authorization,” according to the agency.

Andrew Englund, Patriot Shield’s Pennsylvania director, did not promptly respond to Hemp Business Everyday’s request for comment.

Neighbors of the company had been complaining for months about the smell, and when the DEP investigated, the agency discovered that Patriot Shield was applying ineffectual gear and didn’t have permits for its machines.

The plant fell beneath jurisdiction of the DEP due to the fact it was a stand-alone company. If the facility had been aspect of a farm, the DEP stated, it would have been regulated by the agriculture division.

Patriot Shield, which had 48 hours to respond to the state’s order, was permitted to reopen temporarily in late November immediately after becoming forced to close for allegedly ignoring code needs and violating Pennsylvania’s air pollution needs.

Also, personnel there at the time have been behind in getting paychecks.

The facility was warned it would have to close once more if the city received any more complaints.

Englund told Hemp Business Everyday in November that state officials have been applying code compliance as a way to retaliate against the enterprise for not paying workers.

Far more information about Patriot Shield’s closure are available right here.

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