June 2020 CAG Meeting – Minutes

Wolverine Community Advisory Group Full CAG Meeting Online using Zoom 

Thursday, June 18, 2020 6pm 

Attendees: Tammy Bergstrom, AJ Birkbeck, Carol Butts, Jenny Carney, Lance Climie, Linda Goossen, Elaine Isely, Fletcher Johnson, Tom Konecsni, Gail Mancewicz, Grant Medich, Jonathan Miner, Wendy Ogilvie, Jim Powell, Rick Rediske, Tom Sapkowski, Mike Shibler, Rick Solle, Cameron VanWyngarden, Jamie Vaughn, Sandy Wynn-Stelt 

Guests: Abby Hendershot, Mark Worrall and Karen Vorce, EGLE 

Jeff Kimble, Diane Russell and Doug Sarno, EPA Sarah, Joost Vant Erve and Ellery Johnson, MDHHS 

Estimated Number of Public Attendees: 


Update on Public Health Study – MDHHS 

• North Kent County PFAS Exposure Assessment 

• Email being sent to community (those who participating or not) informing that results are almost done and will be sent out. o MDHHS is hoping these will be made to the public July/August, hopefully 

• Input requested from the research institute developing study wants input on request to ask participants to wear masks. 

• Because this is going to be a medical setting – it’s not unreasonable to ask for masks to be worn 

• When will the Health Study be shared with the public? 

• Planning on Sept (one month before starting) – super tentative due to COVID 

• Need communication about why what population was chosen to participate (Plainfield Twp & Rockford users). 

Tannery Restoration Plan 

• Restoration plan changed due to available stock of plants, etc 

• Jeff Kimble, EPA reviewed changes and agreed with them. Some plug species were removed, but the amount has increased. 

• Source of topsoil that was PFAS free has now been found, sand/gravel, protective matting, seeding and plug planting is taking place. 

• Some tree species were also changed – many plantings are taking place now on the east side of the river. Northern Red Oak and Sugar Maples were increased. Climate change studies show that these species may be in decline in this area. These may not propagate after planted but should do well – goal isn’t for them to be for reforestation, more for ornamental. 

• Boom in river may stay until fall to ensure the riverbank and plugs hold prior to removing so the work is not literally washed down river. 

Groundwater Surface Water Interface Response Activity Plan 

• Activity Plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/pfasresponse/Groundwater- Surface_Water_Interface_GSI_Response_Activity_Plan_North_Kent_Study_Area_689947_7 .pdf 

• GSI is where groundwater enters surface water 

• This plan is basically set as written into the Consent Decree from February 19, 2020. 

• Concern with plan is the number of tests being done and location. It appears that WWW has chosen testing to take place in locations which would show low results (favorable to WWW clean up efforts). 

• Concern with maps showing accurate information – there are missing known PFAS locations on the maps. 

• Tannery is not included in this because it is being planned to be controlled in the future (interceptor). 

• Lakes and tributaries – Fresca and Clear Bottom Lake for example have fish advisories but are not included in the map sampling. 

• Why is there public comment if this has been decided in the Consent Decree? Also the detail needed to comment during the Consent Decree public comment was not there. 

• EGLE agrees with many of the comments made by Rick – would like to also have additional sampling done o EGLE will also use their own maps/plumes to compare to GZA’s and asking for more defined locations and make a more accurate recommendation to place those samples.

• Lakes/tributaries – want a long-term solution to the source of the contamination which is known. House Street and Tannery will be required to control the contamination – stop the bleed into the environment. 

CAG Committee Reports: 


• Future meetings – will plan to hold meetings online until at least September, then re-evaluate. Preference towards in person vs online was mixed. 


• Post information (previous meeting video sooner). This was posted on our FB page and shared to other community pages the Friday prior. 

• Suggestion to email people directly about the meetings, feels that a personal invitation would be more impactful to get participants. 


• Will need to recruit – get a link added to the website for the application 


• Activity plans for public comment – review and suggest recommendations on behalf of the 

Online Public Meeting – Wolverine World Wide Residential Well Resampling Response Activity Plan For The North Kent Study Area, Kent County 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 6–7pm https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2647508958293158670. 631-992-3221 Access Code: 324-266-961 

The Residential Well Resampling ResAP summarizes the phased approach Wolverine will take to resample residential wells located within the North Kent Study Area which are not receiving municipal water (i.e. Filter Areas as defined in the Consent Decree), and do not have a point-of- entry treatment system (POET) installed by Wolverine. The homes with the least amount of sampling data and the highest PFAS concentrations will be sampled first, with the goal of resampling each residence within the Filter Areas of the North Kent Study Area that has not been sampled two or more times as of February 19, 2020. This residential well resampling will be completed over the course of three years. 

An electronic copy of the Residential Well Resampling ResAP report can be found on the House Street Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) website at www.michigan.gov/belmont, under the heading “Recent Accomplishments.” A hard copy of the report is also available for review at the City of Rockford, Algoma Township, and Plainfield Charter Township municipal offices. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates 

• Thursday, July 16 

• Thursday, August 20 

• Thursday, September 17 

• Thursday, October 15 

• Thursday, November 19 

• Thursday, December 17