St. Paul, Minn. – During debate on the compromise Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus bill, Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) offered an amendment to ban the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in Minnesota, and to ensure stakeholders are involved in deciding how to use funds received from the Water Gremlin fine.
“Our community was directly impacted by the emissions of TCE from Water Gremlin, and they deserve a voice in deciding how to use the funds from their fine,” said Senator Wiger. “I want to thank the advocacy and hard work of the Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group for keeping the pressure to make sure legislators and state officials are working for them, and they have fought to get a seat at the table. The process failed to answer our community’s concerns, and we must do more.”
Though the amendment failed to be adopted on the final bill, Senator Wiger vowed to continue to work with stakeholders, local, and state officials to ensure this work is finished. The language of the amendment is available here.