Upcoming Wolverine CAG Meeting on 6/17/21

The Next CAG Meeting is Thursday, June 17 at 6 PM via Zoom. In addition to general project updates, the CAG will be discussing its planned comments on the GSI Investigation Summary and Work Plan. A public comment period will be provided.

Wolverine Community Advisory Group
Full CAG Meeting
Online Using Zoom

Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365168614

Phone-in Option:
(312) 626-6799
Code # 823 6516 8614

Draft Agenda (all times are approximate)

6:00 PM Welcome
Introductions
Agenda Review

6:15 PM Updates
• Michigan EGLE
• Michigan DHHS
• CAG

6:45 PM GSI Investigation Summary and Work Plan
CAG Technical Committee Comments
CAG Discussion

7:30 PM Public Comment

7:50 PM CAG Business
Considerations for returning to in-person meetings

8:00 PM Adjourn

Paddles & Pints

On Saturday June 19th from 1:00-4:00pm, the Wolverine CAG is co-sponsoring an event titled Paddle & Pints – Restoration of the Rogue. 

During Paddle & Pints, attendees will first hear from Karen Vorce from the Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on the status of the Rogue River PFAS cleanup. Following Karen’s update, AAA Livery Service will drop off attendees’ kayaks on Friske Avenue so everyone can kayak down the Rogue together, meeting at the Rockford dam. And last but not least, after paddling, attendees can meet up for pints at one of Rockford’s Green Leader businesses.

Registration is free, but there are fees involved for canoes and kayaks. Please visit the event website for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-pints-restoration-of-the-rogue-tickets-153153581485. This event is also sponsored by LGROW, Rockford SusCom, and Rogue River Watershed Partners.

GSI Investigation Summary and Work Plan

Attached below is the draft GSI Investigation Summary and Work Plan, prepared for Wolverine World Wide by GZA. This report is also available on the MPART website at www.michigan.gov/belmont.

This is the next plan to go out for public comment. The official comment period will be from May 27th through July 6th. The public meeting on the document will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6:00-7:30 pm. The link for the public meeting registration and a copy of the public comment notice will be posted soon.

DRAFT GSI Investigation Summary & WP

 

Upcoming Wolverine CAG Meeting on 5/20/21

Wolverine Community Advisory Group
Full CAG Meeting
Online Using Zoom

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81962706941

Phone-in Option:
(312) 626-6799
Code # 819 6270 6941

Draft Agenda (all times are approximate)

6:00 PM Welcome
Introductions
Agenda Review

6:30 PM Draft CAG Comments on the Tannery Interceptor System Response Plan
Presentation by CAG Technical Committee
CAG Discussion, refinement, and agreement

7:30 PM Public Comment

7:55 PM Wrap Up and Next Steps

8:00 PM Adjourn

CAG Mission:
1) ensure that the response activities at the Wolverine World Wide sites protect and sustainably restore the environment for human health, fish, wildlife, and recreation, through community participation; and
2) that important community concerns are articulated, understood, and considered during any related investigation and response action.
CAG Groundrules:
• work cooperatively with each other, supporting agencies, and other stakeholders,
• be respectful of all participants,
• approach all issues and viewpoints with an open mind,
• focus on what is important to the community as a whole and articulate community concerns in a way that all stakeholders can understand,
• seek common ground wherever possible, and present and respect minority opinions where they exist

Webinar Registration and Public Comment: EGLE Meeting about Tannery Response Plan

On February 19, 2021, GZA (the consultant hired by Wolverine Worldwide to complete the FS) submitted their Tannery Interceptor System Response Activity Plan. On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, EGLE is holding an online public meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the plan. 

Meeting Information:

Register to attend the May 5, 2021 (6:00 -7:30pm) public meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nRFhbNyUTXyCLzSOVIiozQ 

Phone-in Option:

636-651-3142

Code 374288#

Public Comments:

Public comments will be accepted through May 22, 2021. Additional information about the public comment period can be found here. Written comments can be emailed to EGLE-RRD-Housestreet@michigan.gov, or mailed prior to May 22, 2021 to:

Karen Vorce

Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Remediation and Redevelopment Division

350 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Unit 10

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-2341 

House Street Cleanup FS: Presentation by CAG Technical Committee

At the Full Wolverine Community Advisory Group Meeting on March 18th, the CAG Technical Committee presented their discussion of the House Street Feasibility Study Cleanup. This is a summary of that presentation. The original presentation slides can be found here.

The Feasibility Study (FS) evaluates different remedy options to both manage the solid wastes and PFAS leakage into the groundwater. 

Wolverine is proposing to use phytoremediation and a small cap (“phyto-cap”) to remedy the House Street Disposal Site. Phytoremediation is a process that uses various types of plants to remove, transfer, stabilize, and/or degrade contaminants in the soil and groundwater. The EPA states that phytoremediation is best suited for large areas of 0-3 feet contamination, or large volumes of water with low-level contamination. The main disadvantages of phytoremediation are the long timeline, the limitations on the depth of the contamination, and the possibility of contaminating plant material that animals can consume. Most pointedly, a study included in the FS dated May 29, 2018 shows that PFAS waste at House Street are buried 3-20 feet deep. Based on these criteria, phytoremediation is not appropriate for House Street because of its high levels of deep contamination in the soil and groundwater and high potential for wildlife exposure. 

The consultant hired by Wolverine Worldwide to complete the FS, GZA, makes numerous statements that phytoremediation will reduce and/or control infiltration. However, studies highlighted by this presentation demonstrate that this may not be appropriate for the House Street site. Given that the site is heavily wooded, there may be minimal difference between current infiltration in the existing forest versus tearing out live, mature trees and planting new ones. GZA’s literature citations used to support their claims have limited relevance to the use of phytoremediation at House Street, and the Technical Committee states that “remedial solutions with this timeline are unacceptable unless a pilot study or other relevant data are presented showing better performance.”

Because phyto-cap allows continued infiltration and leaching, other alternative options are described. A cap remedy option manages waste by covering the surface material with an impermeable barrier to limit leaching and infiltration to groundwater. Pump and treat remedies manage contamination at the source and reduce groundwater migration.

Thank you to Dr. Richard R. Rediske and the CAG Technical Committee for preparing this presentation. To read more about the study, additional site documents on House Street Site are available here. Feasibility Study comments were due April 17th. The CAG submitted formal comments to EGLE regarding the House Street Feasibility Study on April 16, 2021, which can be found here.

Belmont/Rockford Project Timeline 2018-2023+

The formation of the Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) in the summer of 2019 stimulated notable accomplishments in the cleanup efforts of the contaminated sites in the Rockford, MI area. This timeline highlights some of those accomplishments through the combined efforts and oversight of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), including:

  • Installation of impermeable caps over the hazardous spill site on House Street – Feb. 2020
  • Restoration and replanting along the Rogue riverbank and White Pine Trail – Oct. 2020
  • Design of an interceptor system at the tannery site – Feb. 19, 2021
  • Feasibility study of potential remediation options for House Street site – Feb. 2021
  • MiPEHS (Michigan PFAS Exposure and Health Study) – began Dec. 2020 and continues through 2024

There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is important to acknowledge the value of the work that has already been completed. Concerned citizens certainly can make a difference.

WMEAC_CAGTimeline_V1_Apr21

Upcoming Wolverine CAG Meeting on 4/15/21

Wolverine Community Advisory Group
Full CAG Meeting
Online Using Zoom

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84111070662

Phone-in Option:
(312) 626-6799
Code 841 1107 0662#

Draft Agenda (all times are approximate)

6:00 PM Welcome
Introductions
Agenda Review

6:30 PM Draft CAG Comments on the House Street Cleanup FS
Presentation by CAG Technical Committee
CAG Discussion, refinement, and agreement

7:30 PM Public Comment

7:50 PM Upcoming Tannery Interceptor System Response Plan

7:55 PM Wrap Up and Next Steps

8:00 PM Adjourn

CAG Mission:
1) ensure that the response activities at the Wolverine World Wide sites protect and sustainably restore
the environment for human health, fish, wildlife, and recreation, through community participation; and
2) that important community concerns are articulated, understood, and considered during any related
investigation and response action.
CAG Groundrules:
• work cooperatively with each other, supporting agencies, and other stakeholders,
• be respectful of all participants,
• approach all issues and viewpoints with an open mind,
• focus on what is important to the community as a whole and articulate community concerns in a way
that all stakeholders can understand,
• seek common ground wherever possible, and present and respect minority opinions where they exist

3/18 Meeting Recording and EGLE Public Comment on House Street

If you missed last week’s public meeting on the House Street Dump Site Feasibility Study, you can view the recording here.
Public comments will be taken through April 17, 2021. These can be emailed to
EGLE-RRD-Housestreet@michigan.gov, or mailed prior to April 17, 2021 to:
Karen Vorce
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Remediation and Redevelopment Division
350 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Unit 10
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2341