MPCA releases draft minor amendment to Water Gremlin’s air permit

Contact: Ralph Pribble, 651-757-2657

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released a draft minor amendment to Water Gremlin’s air permit. Water Gremlin has proposed to convert one solvent-based coater to a non-solvent curing process using ultraviolet light. The proposed change will reduce potential emissions of volatile organic compounds, and increase potential emissions of particulates within allowable limits. The public can provide input through December 17, 2020.

Under state and federal rules, the increase in particulate emissions requires Water Gremlin to apply for a minor amendment to its existing permit. The facility is not expanding its operations and the permit amendment concerns only one coater at the facility.

The MPCA is working concurrently on a comprehensive major permit amendment, which will address all operations at the facility. The draft comprehensive amended permit will be released for public comment later this winter.

The MPCA will host an online public meeting to discuss a draft minor amendment to Water Gremlin’s air permit on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Due to the pandemic, the meeting will be in a virtual (online) format. For details on how to participate in the online meeting, visit the MPCA website.

Send written comments to Sarah Sevcik, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., St. Paul, MN 55155 by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Comments must state your interest, the action you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references, and specific reasons supporting your position.