September CAG Meeting—Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sept. 16, 2019

Contact: Jennifer Carney
616-293-2112
jen.carney79@gmail.com

Location: Plainfield Township Charter Hall
6161 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont, MI 49306 

Time: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wolverine Worldwide contamination advisory group meets Thursday
A community stakeholder group formed to provide public updates about the Wolverine Worldwide contamination response in Kent County will hold its second meeting this week.

The Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) will meet at the Plainfield Township Hall in Belmont on Thursday, September 19 at 6 p.m.

CAG meetings are open to the public. Comment and participation are encouraged.

Laura Gossiaux with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will provide an overview of Michigan’s Eat Safe Fish Program. Diane Russell with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will also provide updates on community involvement.

Wolverine Worldwide was asked but declined to present about cleanup actions at its former tannery site in Rockford and its House Street Disposal Area in Belmont.

Wolverine has not taken a seat on the CAG.

At the CAG’s first regular meeting on August 15, Betsy Nightingale with U.S. EPA and Abby Hendershott with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE), provided updates on planned time-critical actions in Rockford and Belmont.

Additional fencing is planned around parts of the House Street Disposal Area. The scope of work involving potential contamination removal is still under development.

Soil and waste removal will begin soon near the former tannery site. Contaminants 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 expected to mobilize later this month.

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

Additional groundwater monitoring wells have been drilled at Rockford’s Community Cabin. 

The Wolverine CAG was formed in 2019 to act as a liaison between government regulators and the public affected by Wolverine PFAS contamination in northern Kent County; and provide a public forum to address historic contamination issues and ongoing clean-up efforts.

The group meets monthly on the third Thursday. The next CAG meeting is scheduled for October 17 at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Township Hall.

More information can be found at https://wolverinecag.org/

Follow Wolverine CAG on Twitter (@WolverineCAG) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WolverineCAG/

EPA Wolverine World Wide documents are posted on EPA’s website:

www.epa.gov/mi/wolverine-world-wide-tannery

EGLE Wolverine World Wide documents are posted on Michigan’s MPART page: https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704_83030—,00.html