The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined the operator of a marijuana grow facility on Route 22 after receiving complaints from residents about odors.
In response to two verified complaints, the state issued two administrative enforcement orders requiring Verano New Jersey to cease causing odors in violation of the New Jersey Air Pollution Control Act, according to a DEP spokesperson.
The DEP also issued fines of $500 and $1,000. Verano has requested an administrative law hearing on the DEP’s actions, according to the spokesperson.
A Verano spokesperson said the company has filed for permits for "enhancements to the filtration and air handling systems and other improvements to the building," and they are close to being issued.
"We are going to prioritize work on our ventilation and air handling systems to get that to get those systems installed, connected and working. ... It'll be about six weeks," according to the Verano spokesperson.