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.