2019 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:26:27 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Water Gremlin’s neighbors, White Bear Township, Minnesota
Community Group Pushes For Changes Over Pollution Concerns

By Jennifer Mayerle
WCCO TV-4 News (Minneapolis, MN)
June 11, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A community watchdog group formed after learning a manufacturing plant exposed them to cancer-causing pollution for years.
Water Gremlin’s neighbors in White Bear Township seek answers and accountability. The company agreed to pay a $7 million fine and take corrective action in a state settlement.

Inside White Bear Lake City Hall, the Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group meets twice a month.

“We really wanted to come together as a group so that our voice could be amplified,” NCCG member Leigh Thiel said.

Their common concern is that Water Gremlin, a company that makes fishing sinkers and battery terminal posts, released elevated levels of the chemical TCE into the air for at least 17 years. It’s known to cause birth defects and cancer.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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