Update on Cleanup Work at Former Tannery; Additional Work to Begin Next Week at House Street Property

Update on Cleanup Work at Former Tannery

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. The excavation areas are shown on this map, and that work is expected to continue through early 2020.

To help track the work, here is a chart showing the material we anticipate excavating from each area, and the current status of our activities:

Area Material Status (12/6/19)
S1 Soil Excavation in progress
S2 Soil Excavation complete
S3 Soil Excavation complete
S4 Soil Excavation complete
S5 Sediment Excavation anticipated to begin next week
S6 Sediment Excavation complete
S7 Soil Excavation complete
N1 Soil, Leather Scraps Excavation in progress
N2 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Excavation in progress

 

Wolverine to Install Impermeable Caps at House Street Property

On Monday, December 9, Wolverine plans to start the next phase of environmental response at its House Street property. This was a state-licensed disposal site where waste materials from Wolverine’s leather tanning operations were placed during the 1960s. Wolverine has conducted extensive environmental testing at the property since 2017, and summarized results of that testing are available here and here.

The work planned for next week includes the installation of engineered caps over five areas of the House Street property. A cap is an impermeable barrier designed to isolate the waste materials and prevent them from migrating into the underlying groundwater.

All of this work is being performed pursuant to an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (“AOC”) that Wolverine and the EPA entered into on October 28, 2019. The AOC is available here, and it outlines the agreed-upon work that Wolverine has been performing at its former tannery and House Street property.

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 Cleanup Work at Former Tannery

Over the past two weeks, Wolverine has made significant progress on the cleanup work at its former tannery site in Rockford. This work is described in detail here and here, and shown on this map.

We have completed excavating and are in the process of backfilling most of the areas located south of Rum Creek, and have begun excavating the areas located north of Rum Creek. For those two areas, labeled N1 and N2 and shown in orange on the map, we are using sheet piling to construct temporary cofferdams in the Rogue River. Also, we are using silt curtains to prevent the migration of sediment or other material from the site into the river.

Some photos of the work performed this week are included at the end of this post. To help track the work, here is a chart showing the material we anticipate excavating from each area, and the current status of our activities:

Area Material Status (11/15/19)
S1 Soil Excavation in progress
S2 Soil Excavation complete
S3 Soil Excavation complete
S4 Soil Excavation in progress
S5 Sediment Excavation in progress
S6 Sediment Excavation complete
S7 Soil Excavation in progress
N1 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Excavation in progress
N2 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Excavation anticipated to start in late November

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.

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Update on Cleanup Work – Excavation Continues at Former Tannery

Wolverine is currently conducting cleanup work at the site of its former tannery in Rockford. First, we cleared vegetation, constructed temporary access roads, detoured the White Pine Trail, and staged equipment and supplies. Then, we began installing silt curtains and cofferdams in the Rogue River, before starting to excavate. This work is described in more detail in posts here and here.

Included at the end of this post and at this link are updated maps showing the excavation areas in orange and turquoise. The areas located south of Rum Creek are labeled S1 through S7, and those located north of Rum Creek are labeled N1 and N2.

To help track the work, here is a chart showing the material we anticipate excavating from each area, and the current status of our activities:

Area Material Status
S1 Soil Excavation in progress
S2 Soil Excavation in progress
S3 Soil Excavation in progress
S4 Soil Excavation in progress
S5 Sediment Cofferdam installed; excavation in progress
S6 Sediment Excavation complete and backfilled; cofferdam removed
S7 Soil Cofferdam installed; excavation in progress
N1 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Cofferdam installation in progress; excavation anticipated to start next week
N2 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Cofferdam being installed this week; excavation anticipated to start in mid-November

Removed material is being taken to licensed landfills in Ohio and Canada as described here, and truck traffic is using this designated route. Some photos of the work performed this week are included at the end of this post.

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.

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Update on Cleanup Work – Excavation Continues at Former Tannery

Wolverine is currently conducting cleanup work at the site of its former tannery in Rockford. Earlier this month we cleared vegetation, constructed temporary access roads, and staged equipment and supplies. We then installed silt curtains and cofferdams in the Rogue River, and began dewatering excavation areas. This work is described in more detail in blog posts here and here.

Last week, we began excavating, and this work is expected to include the removal of soil, sediment, leather scraps, and/or hides in the areas shown on this map and described below:

  • Excavation of sediments from two areas along the Rogue River, south of Rum Creek
  • Excavation of soils from four locations south of Rum Creek
  • Excavation of soils, leather scraps, and hides from two areas north of Rum Creek
  • Backfilling excavation areas

So far, we have completed excavating and backfilling one of the two areas of sediments south of Rum Creek. We have also completed excavating two of the four areas of soils south of Rum Creek, and started excavating a third area. Removed material is being taken to licensed landfills in Ohio and Canada as described here, and truck traffic is using this designated route.

Photos of the silt curtains, cofferdams, and excavation areas are included at the end of this post.

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.

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Silt curtain in the Rogue River
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Cofferdam being installed in the Rogue River
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Soil being excavated along the Rogue River
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Soil excavation area, covered while waiting for backfill
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Soil excavation area