Lead battery terminals maker Water Gremlin has been forced to close its factory in White Bear Township, Minnesota, after children of its employees were found to have elevated blood lead levels on 26 October.
The company’s facility remained closed until midday Friday (1 November), with the company due to partly reopen the plant if a clean-up plan is approved by a Ramsey County District Court judge.
Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro granted a one-day extension— on the bequest of the state— to an emergency 72-hour shutdown on 31 October as he tried to balance the safety of workers’ children and the business needs of Water Gremlin.
The judge also said he wants third-party supervision of the remediation at the company, which also makes lead fishing sinkers, reported local media.
The closure followed a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) investigation at Water Gremlin’s facility.
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