The owners of a shuttered hemp processing facility in Jeannette may resume limited operations under the terms of a Christmas Eve consent agreement with the state that calls for it to pay a $29,000 fine for air quality violations.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered Patriot Shield Pennsylvania to cease operations at its Thomas Avenue facility on Nov. 27, following an investigation of odor complaints at the plant. The new agreement permits the company to process and store hemp at the facility but prohibits hemp drying for now.
The Colorado-based company that owns the facility has faced a variety of complaints since it opened without an occupancy permit in September.
Jeannette officials first ordered it to cease operations Nov. 13, following a spate of odor complaints. The city briefly rescinded that order when company officials appeared poised to address the issue. The city issued a second order Nov. 24, ordering the company to obtain an occupancy permit.