Community Updates

Soil vapor testing shows no risk to residents for t-DCE or TCE beyond Water Gremlin facilities; Water Gremlin installs systems to mitigate and prevent t-DCE vapor

Upon the discovery of t-DCE vapors below our building slab, Water Gremlin immediately initiated a series of tests to ensure that vapors do not exist beyond our facilities. The MPCA reviewed our proposed testing plan. They requested additional sampling locations that we added to our plan. The testing was performed at key locations in the… Read more »

Tree Trust Work Plan

As part of our stipulation agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, we are partnering with Tree Trust to plant trees in communities surrounding Water Gremlin and on the Water Gremlin campus itself. Tree Trust recently released its plan (below) outlining how many and what kind of trees will be planted in specific parks and… Read more »

News release: Water Gremlin to voluntarily discontinue use of t-DCE until vapor mitigation system is operational

Water Gremlin today announced it will voluntarily cease coating operations that involve the use of trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene (t-DCE) until a vapor mitigation system is installed and operational at its White Bear Township facility. The company has also committed to voluntarily accelerate additional testing on the property that was scheduled for a later time to get that… Read more »

Water Gremlin facility testing

During this testing TCE and t-DCE were found beneath the foundation of Water Gremlin’s North Campus building. Environmental experts are confident this is limited to a small area at our facility, but are doing more testing to ensure this is the case. We have notified our employees, and our indoor vapor testing shows rates are… Read more »

Environmental performance update

Our new pollution control system was recently tested, and we were not satisfied with its performance. To ensure our compliance with regulated limits, we have been developing an alternative option that is focused on pollution prevention. After conversing with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), we have decided to resubmit our permit application using this… Read more »

New pollution control equipment tested on July 23

Water Gremlin is pleased to report that its new pollution control equipment is being tested today. The test will measure the effectiveness of the pollution control equipment and results will be sent to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). While the equipment has not yet reached its full operating capacity, the information collected from today’s… Read more »

Water Gremlin operations update

Water Gremlin is working hard to achieve maximum efficiency with its new pollution control equipment. We believe that it is in the best interest of all stakeholders – the community, our employees, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – to postpone the testing of this equipment because any data collected from the testing would not… Read more »

Community invited to tree planting event on June 6

Tree Trust, a Minnesota-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is inviting community members to participate in a tree planting event at Columbia Park in White Bear Township on Thursday, June 6, from 5-7 p.m. Tree Trust has requested that those interested in attending sign up here. The mission of Tree Trust is to improve the community environment by… Read more »

Water Gremlin resumes operations without TCE

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a man-made chemical used most commonly as a solvent in manufacturing to degrease metal parts. Water Gremlin previously used TCE to help produce battery terminals that prevent batteries from leaking. However, we have eliminated TCE from our operations. After nearly a year of research and testing, we are now now using an… Read more »