WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — Jeannette’s hemp-drying facility is going to reopen.
“This is so bad. You have a hard time breathing. The smell is horrible. It will give you a headache. It nauseates me,” neighbor Janet Davis said.
Davis lives within sight of the hemp-drying facility in Jeannette.
She is one of the residents who have been complaining about the excessive odor emanating from the Thomas Avenue operation.
“It’s like a rock knocks me back, and me being sick, I shouldn’t have to tolerate stuff like that,” Davis said.
The company and the DEP signed a consent agreement allowing the plant to resume operations.
There will be changes to how it functions, Patriot Shield must pay a $29,000 fine and an odor control mitigation plan for future operations must be submitted by March 2020.
“I wish they had closed it down, I really do,” Davis said.
The DEP also mandated other stipulations, including Patriot Shield being subjected to an escalating scale of stipulated penalties for future odor violations that start at $8,000 per day and can escalate to $25,000.
“I don’t like them being in the neighborhood at all,” Davis said.