Cleanup Work at Former Tannery Completed; White Pine Trail to Reopen This Weekend

We are pleased to announce that Wolverine has completed the cleanup work it began last fall at the site of its former Tannery in Rockford.  The White Pine Trail, which runs through the site and was re-routed during the work, will reopen on Friday, March 6.  Please note this section of the trail is currently made of crushed limestone, and will be paved during the upcoming construction season.

Wolverine operated the tannery from the early 1890s until it closed in 2009.  The tannery was then decommissioned and demolished, and Wolverine conducted environmental testing with EPA and MDEQ oversight.  We completed additional testing in 2017 and 2018, setting the stage for the cleanup work we started in September 2019.

This work is described in more detail in blog posts here and here, and included the excavation and disposal of several areas of sediments, soils, leather scraps, and hides from the Tannery site, the adjacent White Pine Trail, and the banks of the Rogue River, as shown on this map.  We ended up excavating approximately 23,000 tons of material (around 11,600 cubic yards) from the site, sending 835 truckloads to an approved off-site landfill.

Several recent pictures of the site are included below.  Over the coming months we will be conducting site restoration activities.  This includes removing equipment and replacing grass, trees, and other vegetation removed during the cleanup work.  It also includes adjusting the fencelines and temporarily closing the White Pine Trail again for paving.

We are committed to limiting the impact of these restoration activities on neighboring residents, surrounding businesses, and the community as a whole, and will continue to keep the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public.

As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

View of White Pine Trail and riverbank looking north
View of White Pine Trail looking north
View of White Pine Trail looking south
View of White Pine Trail looking south
View of riverbank
View of riverbank

WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE’S EXPANDED EFFORTS TO ADDRESS PFAS APPROVED BY FEDERAL JUDGE

Consent Decree resolves environmental litigation between the Company, State of Michigan, and Townships

Wolverine reaches settlement with 3M

Wolverine Worldwide announced that U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff has approved a Consent Decree reached earlier this month among the Company, the State of Michigan, Plainfield Charter Township, and Algoma Township. This Consent Decree resolves the litigation between the parties and includes significant next steps in Wolverine’s already extensive efforts to ensure long-term water quality and continued environmental remediation in and around its hometown.

The Company also announced a settlement of its lawsuit against 3M Company. Under the terms of the settlement, 3M is making a lump sum financial contribution of $55 million towards Wolverine’s efforts to address PFAS remediation under the Consent Decree.

To read Wolverine’s press release, the Consent Decree, and Judge Neff’s order approving the Consent Decree, please click the links below:

WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE’S EXPANDED EFFORTS TO ADDRESS PFAS APPROVED BY FEDERAL JUDGE

FEBRUARY 19, 2020 CONSENT DECREE

FEBRUARY 19,2020 APPROVAL OF CONSENT DECREE

We will continue keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public.  As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

Wolverine Worldwide Takes Next Step in Expanded Efforts to Address PFAS

Consent Decree formalizes tentative agreement reached in December

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 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.

To read the Consent Decree and Wolverine’s full press release, please click the links below:

FEBRUARY 3, 2020 CONSENT DECREE

WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE TAKES NEXT STEP IN EXPANDED EFFORTS TO ADDRESS PFAS

We will continue keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public.  As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

Update on Work at Former Tannery and House Street Properties

Update on Cleanup Work at Former Tannery Property

Over the past several months, Wolverine has been conducting cleanup work at the site of its former tannery in Rockford. This work is described in more detail in posts here and here, and includes excavation of several areas of sediments, soils, leather scraps, and hides from the former tannery, the adjacent White Pine Trail, and the banks of the Rogue River.

As of this week, we have excavated 10,600 tons of material from the site, sending 419 truckloads to an approved off-site landfill. The excavation work is currently anticipated to be completed in early March, and complete details are on this progress schedule.

The excavation areas are shown on this map, and the chart below shows the material we anticipate excavating from each area and the current status of our activities. Also, some recent photos of the work are included at the end of this post.

Area Material Status (12/19/19)
S1 Soil Excavation and backfill in progress
S2 Soil Excavation and backfill complete
S3 Soil Excavation and backfill complete
S4 Soil Excavation and backfill complete
S5 Sediment Excavation anticipated to begin in January 2020
S6 Sediment Excavation and backfill complete
S7 Soil Excavation complete; backfill anticipated to begin in January 2020
N1 Soil, Leather Scraps Excavation and backfill in progress
N2 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Excavation in progress

Update on Installation of Impermeable Caps at House Street Property

Last week, we began the installation of five impermeable caps at Wolverine’s House Street property, as described in further detail here and shown in the pictures at end of this post. These caps are barriers designed to isolate five areas of waste materials on the property and prevent them from migrating into the underlying groundwater. The work plan for these caps has been approved by the EPA, and we expect installation to be complete by January 10, 2020.

We will continue keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public.  As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

 

Excavation in Area S1
Excavating in Area S1
Backfilling in Area N1
Backfilling in Area N1
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Installation of one of the caps at the House Street property, showing an HDPE liner
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Installation of one of the caps at the House Street property, showing an HPDE liner with geotextile fabric on top. Next steps are to anchor the cap, then cover and grade it