EPA Website Documents for Wolverine World Wide

The EPA’s website includes a page dedicated to Wolverine World Wide’s Rockford Tannery and the House Street Disposal Area sites. The page includes a summary of events and contacts between the EPA and WWW representatives and Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE). It also provides an archive of documents transmitted between these entities regarding the affected sites.

While the Wolverine CAG’s website is still under development, we wanted its visitors to have direct access to the information now provided at the EPA website. This can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/mi/wolverine-world-wide-tannery.

Debris and Soil Removal to Affect White Pine Trail

Our first regular public meeting was held Thursday, August 15, at the Rockford Freshman Center. Betsy Nightingale (EPA) and Abby Hendershott (Michigan EGLE – formerly DEQ) were our featured speakers charged with bringing attendees up to date regarding recent progress and planned activities. Brent Ritchie (Mannik & Smith Group, an EPA contractor) was also on hand to address technical details.

A perimeter fence has been scheduled for installation at the House Street site to better isolate that property from adjoining parcels. The scope of work involving potential contamination removal is still under development.

However, soil and waste removal will soon begin near the former tannery site. Affected materials are close enough to the surface to potentially contact people in several public access areas. This includes areas of the White Pine Trail as well as near-shore sediments in the Rogue River (adjacent to the tannery site). Work crews are anticipated to mobilize after Labor Day.

Work on the trail and river will require affected areas to be temporarily closed to public use. Containment measures will be used on the river. Trail restoration will result in some areas of fresh pavement.

Elsewhere, additional test wells have recently been drilled at Rockford’s Community Cabin. Regulators hope that the CAG can help forewarn the community about similar developments in the future.

The meeting was covered in local news by MLive.

CAG Formed, Website Launched

Welcome to the Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) website.

Our charter members have held two organizational work sessions to determine the group’s initial structure and meeting format. Additionally, committees have been formed to address leadership, membership, and communication needs.

The Wolverine CAG has also scheduled its first public meeting to be held August 15. Please check back for more information.