Public Comment Form

Commenting open: July 20, 2022 12:00AM CT - August 20, 2022 04:30PM CT.

Water Gremlin - Air Permit

We invite you to comment on the draft updated air permit for Water Gremlin, located in White Bear Township.

Water Gremlin primarily manufactures battery terminals and other fabricated lead products like sinker weights for fishing and components of munitions. The draft permit authorizes the conversion of coaters from a solvent-based coating system to a non-solvent-based coating system, as well as the addition of non-solvent coaters and the replacement of the coating room stack. Water Gremlin must adhere to more stringent requirements to demonstrate compliance with the permit, including record keeping, calculations, stack testing, and reporting. The draft permit expires in five years instead of Water Gremlin's current non-expiring permit.

An air quality operating permit is required for existing facilities that emit or have the potential to emit 10 tons per year or more of hazardous air pollution, or 25 tons per year or more of a combination of hazardous air pollution. The permit includes all requirements for operation and procedures, applicable rules, emission standards, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting. If additional conditions change and modifications to the permit are necessary, the MPCA may review and amend the permit.


The public can ask the MPCA questions about the proposed Water Gremlin permit at a community meeting on July 28, 6-9 p.m., at Century College (3300 Century Avenue N.) in White Bear Lake.

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In your comments, please state your interest in the permit application or the draft permit; the explicit actions you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to the section of the draft permit you believe should be changed; and the reasons supporting your position, stated with sufficient specificity as to allow the MPCA to investigate the merits of the position.

If you want to submit a letter, you can upload the letter on this website or submit it via US Mail to the following address:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Jacobe Timler
520 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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