Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close


A hemp drying and processing firm in Pennsylvania that has received many complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of spend to staff 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 firm that serves each hemp and marijuana customers.

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

Andrew Englund, Patriot Shield’s Pennsylvania director, did not quickly respond to Hemp Business Every day’s request for comment.

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

The plant fell below jurisdiction of the DEP simply because it was a stand-alone business enterprise. If the facility had been aspect of a farm, the DEP mentioned, 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 following getting forced to close for allegedly ignoring code specifications and violating Pennsylvania’s air pollution specifications.

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

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

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

Much more specifics about Patriot Shield’s closure are available right here.

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