Minnesota company's pollution won't find a home in Hudson

Crowd outside building holding signs
A group of residents from White Bear Township protests outside the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in St. Paul, asking state officials to shut down Water Gremlin, a manufacturer that has violated its air pollution permit.
Elizabeth Dunbar | MPR News file

A Wisconsin-based company is cutting ties with Water Gremlin, which makes fishing sinkers and battery terminals.

In March, Water Gremlin agreed to pay $7 million in fines for emitting excessive amounts of the cancer-causing substance TCE.

Last week the MPCA asked the White Bear Township company to shut down some of its operations because of contamination of soil beneath the plant.

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Hi-Tec Finishing in Wisconsin had agreed to work with Water Gremlin, but now says the company was “unaware that the chemicals used to process the Water Gremlin products are alleged to be unsafe and unhealthy."

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Water Gremlin has disputed the MPCA findings of additional pollutants and says there is no immediate threat to human health or the environment.

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