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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:55:36 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] "Como facility confronts toxic chemical emissions, " Minneapolis, Minnesota
Como facility confronts toxic chemical emissions 
A 2020 report found the Greatbatch-Globe Tool Inc. facility in Como was emitting the chemical TCE above recommended levels.

Minnesota Daily
February 9, 2020

After entering into an agreement 12 years ago, Como residents and a local manufacturing facility are still weighing how to eliminate toxic chemical emissions in the neighborhood. 

A 2020 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency report, which came out last month, found the site of Greatbatch-Globe Tool, Inc. in the Como neighborhood emitting trichloroethylene (TCE) above the state-recommended levels. Community members said the neighborhood has been working with the company for years, but the chemical, widely used in manufacturing as a degreaser, continues to pose a concern in the area. 

“I'm really concerned to hear about more TCE up there,” said Ward 2 City Council member Cam Gordon, who represents the neighborhood. “This actually has been an ongoing problem, I would say, for decades up there.”

Greatbatch-Globe Tool, Inc., a subsidiary of Integer Holdings Corporation, manufactures parts used in medical implantable devices such as stents and catheters. The affected site is located in the industrial area at 730 24th Ave, just south of Elm street.


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Lenny Siegel
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