Community Updates

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

Water Gremlin today announced it will voluntarily cease coating operations that involve the use of Dichloroethane (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

As part of our agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, our facilities are being thoroughly tested for any potential contamination issues. This includes testing for vapor intrusion, which happens when chemical vapors from contaminated groundwater or soil move through the soil into basements or through the foundations of buildings. During this testing TCE and… 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 »

Update: Water Gremlin makes progress on two local environmental projects

Water Gremlin has started collaborating with partners on two projects to benefit public health and the environment. The first project is planting and maintaining 1,500 trees in public areas in White Bear Township, White Bear Lake and Gem Lake. Planting will occur fall 2019 through 2021. We will share details about the locations and types… Read more »