Companies Have Year To Find Safer Alternative After Minnesota Bans Toxic Chemical TCEThe state became the first in the nation to ban TCE in 2020. The move followed two years of investigative reports by WCCO on Water Gremlin. Its Twin Cities plant had released unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemical into the air for more than 15 years, resulting in a multi-million dollar fine.
Water Gremlin Signs Stipulation Agreement With MPCA; Pays $325K Penalty, Corrects ViolationsThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Water Gremlin signed a stipulation agreement Wednesday which requires the company to implement training and safeguards, as well as pay a $325,000 civil penalty.
2 Years Later, Community Demands Answers, Accountability From Water Gremlin, MPCATwo years after the state slapped a manufacturing plant with one of the largest pollution fines in Minnesota history, neighbors still wait for answers.
Legislative Auditor: MN Pollution Control Agency Did Not Inspect Water Gremlin As Often As It ShouldA special review released by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor has determined that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency lacked oversight of Water Gremlin.
Homeowner Brings Class Action Lawsuit Against Water Gremlin: 'They Need To Be Held Accountable'“It is one of the most egregious cases of pollution that I have ever seen,” attorney Laura Sheets said. “This is impacting these people’s ability to use and enjoy their homes. It’s impacting their ability to sell their house.”
Water Gremlin Responsible For Lead Testing And Cleanup, Court Of Appeals OpinesThe company has until the end of the month to file an appeal to the state Supreme Court.
MDH: 100 Private Wells To Be Tested After 1,4-Dioxane Found In Groundwater Near Water GremlinThe Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says approximately 100 residents living near the Water Gremlin facility in White Bear Township will need their private wells tested for a potentially-harmful chemical.
Gov. Walz Signs Minnesota Ban On Toxic Chemical TCECompanies will be given help to find alternatives to using the chemical, prohibiting the use by June of 2022.
Gov. Walz Set To Sign Minnesota Ban On Toxic Chemical TCECompanies will be given help to find alternatives to using the chemical, prohibiting the use by June of 2022.
Minnesota House Approves Legislation To Ban Toxic Chemical TCE; Gov. Walz Expected To Sign This WeekThe Minnesota House passed a bill Wednesday to ban the use of toxic chemical TCE. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to sign it into law this week, which would make Minnesota the first state to ban TCE.
MN Senate Passes Bill Banning Toxic Chemical TCE, House To Vote Next WeekNeighbors who live near Water Gremlin in White Bear Township have been vocal since learning the manufacturing plant put their families at risk.
Minnesota Senate OK's Ban On Toxic Chemical TCE, House To Vote NextFor years, people living near Water Gremlin were unknowingly exposed to extreme and unsafe levels of the toxic chemical TCE.
Water Gremlin, In Appeals Court, Says It Shouldn't Have To Clean Employees' HomesWednesday morning, an attorney for Water Gremlin said the company is working on reducing lead on its White Bear Township property, but that's where the requirement ends.
Addressing Water Gremlin In The LegislatureLawmakers are taking action to make sure another Water Gremlin doesn't happen. The manufacturing plant in White Bear Township endangered the community and raised several pollution concerns.
Water Gremlin Gets Green Light To Restart A Manufacturing OperationWater Gremlin still has other issues. There's an MPCA administrative order dealing with hazardous waste, and the company is under court order to make sure lead doesn't migrate off its property.