Over the past year, Wolverine has been working closely with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other state and local officials to address water quality issues in our community. Some of the actions we’ve taken include sampling over 1,000 residential wells for PFOA and PFOS, offering bottled water to all homes being sampled, installing almost 400 whole house filters at a rate of 55 per week, sampling dozens of existing groundwater monitoring wells, drilling approximately 20 new groundwater monitoring wells, and setting up a call center that has handled over 2,000 inquiries from community members. We’ve taken these voluntary actions because we are committed to this community and to doing what we believe is the right thing for our friends, family and neighbors.
As a further reflection of Wolverine’s ongoing commitment, we are now working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate sampling of several residential and groundwater monitoring wells, which will take place next week, to confirm the results of ongoing and prior sampling. These confirmation samples are collected by EPA and sent to an independent laboratory to confirm that the results are the same as those received from laboratories used by Wolverine and the MDEQ. The EPA expects to sample four or five existing monitoring wells at the House Street and Tannery locations, and approximately 15 residential wells.
Wolverine remains dedicated to working proactively with federal, state, and local officials to collect relevant, accurate data in pursuit of effective, long-term solutions, and we look forward to supporting the EPA’s work.
We are doing all of this because we have been here for nearly 140 years and we plan to be here for another 140 years. We live here and work here – every employee at Wolverine cares deeply about this community, and we are committed to seeing this through to the end.
We Are Wolverine.