Vertical Wellness Hemp Facility Allowed To Resume Limited Production

The Kentucky Division of Air Quality will allow the Vertical Wellness hemp plant in Cadiz to resume limited production.

According to a statement released Monday by the Cabinet, after discussions with Vertical Wellness the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet executed an agreed order that allows Vertical to operate at a reduced rate while it completes a full assessment of its emissions and requirements for control technology. The Cabinet also says the administrative hearing for Vertical Wellness, scheduled for November 24 and 25, has been canceled.

The latest action comes after Vertical Wellness was ordered to stop production on November 10 following an investigation by the Division of Air Quality that the company was operating without a permit and was violating clean air standards.

The Agreed Order requires the company to operate in strict compliance with the Corrective Action Plan approved by the EEC on November 20, 2020. The statement says the cabinet is hopeful that the measures required will address the violations. The cabinet says the Abate and Alleviate Order can be reinstated if they find the company’s operation poses a danger to human health or welfare.

The statement from the Energy and Environment Cabinet says consultants to the company are on-site to review the process to determine what needs to be done to address odor and other emissions from the facility.

Read the entire statement from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Statement: Governor Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman are keenly aware of the need to protect the health and safety of Kentuckians. After discussions with Vertical Wellness, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) executed an Agreed Order today that allows the company to operate at a reduced rate while it completes a full assessment of its emissions and requirements for control technology. Subsequently, the administrative hearing for Vertical Wellness, scheduled for November 24 and 25 has been canceled.

The Agreed Order requires the company to operate in strict compliance with the Corrective Action Plan approved by EEC on Nov. 20, 2020. EEC is hopeful that the measures required will address the violations noted in the Abate and Alleviate Order. The Abate and Alleviate Order will be held in abeyance and can be reinstated if the EEC finds that Vertical Wellness’s operation poses a danger to human health or welfare.  Consultants to the company are on-site to review the process to determine what needs to be done to address odor and other emissions from the facility.