A hemp business will pay $29,000 and face tightened regulation after smell complaints about its western Pennsylvania plant.

Jeannette-based Patriot Shield Pennsylvania entered a consent agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection on Dec. 24 and will be allowed to resume processing and storing hemp.

The agency halted Patriot Shield’s operations in November after investigating complaints of bad smells coming from the plant, and has since met with the operator, verified compliance and inspected the site.

The consent agreement imposes additional monitoring and odor abatement measures, and escalating penalties if the company has further odor violations.

The agreement does not allow Patriot Shield to dry hemp. That would require separate authorization from DEP.

Drying operations are seasonal and would probably not resume until next September, the agency said.

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