By: Walker Orenstein
“After state regulators found Water Gremlin, a manufacturer in White Bear Lake Township, was illegally polluting air with a cancer-causing industrial solvent for more than a decade, there was strong bipartisan support in the 2019 Legislature for banning the chemical, trichloroethylene, known as TCE.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted to outlaw TCE and the majority-DFL House passed its own version of a prohibition. Both measures would have made Minnesota the first state in the country to end the use of TCE, which is commonly used to degrease metal parts or remove stains in dry cleaning.
But neither bill ultimately became law.”