Residents attribute health issues to Vertical Wellness; state closes plant for violations

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Concerns about health and environmental safety prompted several residents living around the Vertical Wellness hemp plant — which is temporary closed — to seek help from the Trigg County Fiscal Court Monday night.Trigg County resident Dawn Grady told the fiscal court that the state’s Division for Air Quality shut down the plant on Nov. 10 for a 10-day period, although she was uncertain about the reason for the closure.A statement from The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division for Air Quality early Tuesday afternoon addressed the shut down.

“Governor Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman are working every day to protect the health and safety of Kentuckians through the efforts of a responsive and transparent government. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division for Air Quality (DAQ) has responded quickly to address citizen odor complaints about Vertical Wellness, a Cadiz hemp processing company,” according to the statement. “After an investigation, DAQ found that the company was operating without an air permit and was violating air standards for odor and opacity. Secretary Goodman issued an order on Nov. 10, 2020 for the company to ‘discontinue, abate and alleviate.’ The company remains shut down. Vertical Wellness has responded with a remediation plan and DAQ is working with the company to resolve the issue. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday.”At the meeting, Grady said she is an engineer by trade who lives less than a mile from the facility located off of U.S. 68 on Roger Thomas Road.“ …

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