A hemp drying and processing business 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 business 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 effectively as the installation and operation of gear with no DEP authorization,” according to the agency.

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

Neighbors of the small business 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 beneath jurisdiction of the DEP for the reason that it was a stand-alone small business. 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 just after becoming forced to close for allegedly ignoring code specifications and violating Pennsylvania’s air pollution specifications.

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 added complaints.

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

A lot more facts about Patriot Shield’s closure are available right here.

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