Water Gremlin released this statement Aug. 1 after testing its equipment: “Our new pollution control system was recently tested, and we were not satisfied with its performance. To ensure our compliance with regulated limits, we have been developing an alternative option that is focused on pollution prevention. After conversing with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), we have decided to resubmit our permit application using this approach.
The approach that we are pursuing involves replacing a solvent currently used in our coating process with a water-based alternative. This will be a more effective way to ensure that we are following the MPCA’s guidelines and staying below the federal emission standards at our facility, and is the most environmentally responsible way to continue our operations.
We will continue to collaborate with the MPCA as this process evolves, including the ongoing air emissions monitoring already in place. We will also continue to share relevant updates along the way.”
According to spokesman Chris Duffy, a water-based alternative solvent enables the company to decrease its usage of DCE and stay within emissions standards. “This new approach is in response to the new pollution control equipment not meeting Water Gremlin’s satisfaction,” he said. “The company is optimistic that these new processes will result in lower emissions and long-term compliance.”