St. Paul, Minn. – Earlier today the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced findings that chemical exposure from the Water Gremlin Plant continue to be at levels higher than EPA-accepted rates in land and water surrounding the plant. In response, Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) echoed the MPCA’s call for the immediate shutdown of the Water Gremlin Plant.
“Today’s briefing reveals that the steps taken to address and prevent exposure to these toxic chemicals were not enough and are not working,” said Senator Wiger. “This failure betrays our communities’ trust and requires the immediate voluntary shutdown of Water Gremlin until the infrastructure is in place to prevent further exposure. I urge Water Gremlin to adhere to the MPCA’s request, and if not, I urge the MPCA to take immediate action.”
Since the initial news of TCE exposure from Water Gremlin was revealed this spring, Senator Wiger has championed efforts to ban the use of the chemical and to implement stronger regulatory measures to prevent these incidents.
Below is a video of Senator Wiger offering an amendment on the Senate floor to ban TCE use: