Community Updates

Water Gremlin enhances workplace lead reduction protocols and implements new measures to eliminate take-home lead

On October 28, Water Gremlin received an order from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to cease operations regarding the manufacture of lead fishing lures and lead sinkers and the manufacture of lead terminals for lead-acid batteries. Water Gremlin temporarily ceased operations and, after outlining a plan to implement additional lead-safe practices, the Ramsey… Read more »

Lead testing conducted at Water Gremlin comes in well under federal standards

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently conducted air monitoring on Water Gremlin’s property due to neighbor concerns about lead. The first round of testing – conducted September 18 – came in more than 32 times below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard of .15 micrograms per cubic meter. The two samples – taken on… Read more »

Water Gremlin adds more trees to its White Bear campus

In an effort to improve views for neighbors and enhance the aesthetics of its property, Water Gremlin has added 28 evergreen and overstory trees along the north and east property lines at its White Bear campus. Click here to view the landscape plans for planting trees on Water Gremlin’s property. This initiative is above and beyond the… Read more »

The path to today

A great deal has happened during the past 15 months since we discovered our noncompliance and reported it to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on July 30, 2018. We are working hard to improve our environmental performance, share updates regularly, and implement changes in our operations. We have committed to the MPCA and our… Read more »

Water Gremlin makes significant progress in moving to an emission-free coating alternative

Water Gremlin is pleased to announce that it has taken a major step toward its goal of becoming a VOC-free facility. The company’s largest battery terminal customer has approved replacing the use of t-DCE with a non-toxic, emission-free, water-based coating alternative. This means that 40% of the company’s battery terminal operations is VOC-free. Water Gremlin… Read more »

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 »