AG’s Office holding meeting on Wolverine PFAS settlement

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A sign at the former Wolverine Worldwide dump on House Street in Plainfield Township. (2017 file)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The state Attorney General’s Office is hosting a public meeting with Rockford-area residents to discuss a proposed settlement with Wolverine Worldwide over PFAS contamination.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Rockford High School. Residents will hear about the proposed settlement and have the chance to give feedback. Feedback on the deal may also be submitted via email through Feb. 13.

Word of the settlement came in December, but the paperwork to make it official it was filed in court Monday. It must still be OK’d by a federal judge.

Under the $69.5 million deal, Wolverine would pay to expand municipal water lines to more than 1,000 properties in Plainfield and Algoma townships where PFAS has been found in private residential wells.

At the center of the contamination is waste dumped decades ago by Wolverine. The Rockford-based shoe manufacturer used Scotchgard containing PFAS to waterproof shoes.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced in January that the state is suing 3M, the maker of the Scotchgard, and 16 other companies over PFAS contamination around the state.

The PFAS class of chemicals is a likely carcinogen that has also been linked to other illnesses including thyroid problems, immune system disorders, liver damage and hypertension during pregnancy.

Wolverine released a statement to News 8 Monday evening.

“Wolverine Worldwide is pleased to have reached a Consent Decree with the state of Michigan, and Algoma and Plainfield Townships that formalizes the tentative agreement announced in December. Wolverine Worldwide has said from the beginning that we are committed to being part of comprehensive water quality solutions for our friends, families, and neighbors, and this Consent Decree provides the right framework for that to occur,” Wolverine said. “Wolverine joined the other parties in proposing a period for the public to comment on the Consent Decree before it is submitted to U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff for approval. The Consent Decree includes a remediation plan for our former tannery and House Street disposal site, as well as the extension of municipal water to more than 1,000 area properties.”


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