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Lompoc cannabis manufacturer to pay Air Pollution Control District $1.3 million for air quality violations

By Taylor O'Connor

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) will secure one of the largest settlements in its history after Central Coast Agriculture agreed to pay $1.3 million for air quality-related notices of violations.  “The magnitude of this settlement reflects the significance of the violations and the amount of emissions over three years,” APCD Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer Aeron Arlin Genet said.  Central Coast Agriculture is a local cannabis company that grows and processes the plant for concentrated oils at its 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lompoc. The APCD sent inspectors to the facility in October 2020 where they issued a notice of violation because the company was operating manufacturing equipment without a district permit nor the necessary emission reduction technology, she said.  “The air district’s regulatory authority applies to post-harvest cannabis operations...