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

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 

PFAS Cleanup Criteria Development Information Sessions

Session I: Monday 11/2/2020 3pm – 4pm

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3093176208320619023

Session II: Monday 11/16/2020 1pm – 2pm

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5971861477071630093

This informational meeting, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), is a follow-up to the first meeting on 11/2/2020 in which the process and rules for establishing cleanup criteria were discussed. In accordance with the state drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that became effective 8/3/2020, this second part of two sessions will present the results of the first part of the process. Attendees will see the calculations for generic cleanup criteria for groundwater that is used as drinking water.

Restoration Amid a Pandemic.

The past three months have been a whirlwind for us all. As somebody observing the PFAS crisis as an outsider, it has been a challenge to remind myself that much like the virus obstructing our lives, PFAS does not operate on our work schedule. The month of March was one of adjustment. Adjusting to the new virtual layout that allows the CAG to continue functioning. 

But running with the new Zoom video call meeting format, in April we continued to see updates from EGLE and the EPA. Both of the agencies continue to work in the area. At the April CAG meeting, we were given a presentation by EGLE’s Karen Vorce and Mark Worrall on the Wolven-Jewell source area, which is much more geologically complex than House Street or the Tannery sites making it more difficult to track the plume from it. 

The EPA shared updates on the restoration of the White Pine Trail, noting that the restoration will continue despite Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home Stay Safe order. The CAG reviewed the restoration plan, a discussion that had been planned for the cancelled March meeting. The specifics laid out in that plan (available on both the CAG website and EGLE’s) are not set in stone, so to speak, and the plant selection may be limited due to the pandemic. However, all plants chosen will still be native Michigan plants, and the trail is expected to be usable again in 1-2 months. It may not feel like a lot, but having a reminder that work is still being done to deal with the PFAS crisis is something I believe a lot of us needed to nurture our morale.

Also, please tune in this Thursday at 6:00pm (5/21/2020) to hear updates on the Department of Health and Human Services public health study, EGLE’s consent decree projects, and the water system in Plainfield Township.

Andrew Fishback, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) Water Fellow