Water Gremlin to stop use of chemical solvent following MPCA investigation

Water Gremlin to stop use of chemical solvent following MPCA investigation Photo: KSTP/ File

Updated: August 21, 2019 07:26 AM

There is a new branch of a months-long Minnesota Pollution Control Agency investigation into a White Bear Lake company.

Water Gremlin representatives said the company will stop using a chemical solvent until a vapor mitigation system is installed at its facility.


The chemical is called dichloroethane, or DCE, and the MPCA asked Water Gremlin officials to stop using it after vapors were found beneath Water Gremlin's manufacturing building.

Company officials said the chemical was used to coat battery terminals to prevent them from leaking.

Water Gremlin is already under scrutiny after a report earlier this year revealed it had released excessive levels of another chemical, possibly contaminating soil and groundwater.

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