Today, Wolverine filed a lawsuit in federal court against 3M, which developed, tested, manufactured, and sold ScotchgardTM to Wolverine and millions of others for decades, but has repeatedly refused to accept any responsibility for the impact of ScotchgardTM. Wolverine also called for the State of Michigan to sue 3M, as other states have already done, and as Governor Snyder asked for earlier this year. In addition, last week Wolverine sued its insurers, who have refused to honor their policies and participate in the defense and remediation efforts that Wolverine has been leading for over 18 months.
Even while Wolverine is taking these necessary legal actions, its commitment to helping our friends, family, and neighbors remains steadfast. Over the past 18 months we have:
- Sampled over 1,500 residential wells and installed more than 70 monitoring wells;
- Offered bottled drinking water to every home being sampled;
- Provided over 500 whole-house filters and over 200 point-of-use filters that are proven to eliminate PFOA and PFOS, two of the chemicals contained in Scotchgard; and
- Worked at an accelerated pace with the MDEQ and EPA at the Company’s House Street disposal site and former Tannery site to fully determine the possible sources and extent of PFOA and PFOS.
Wolverine’s actions today related to 3M and the State of Michigan are fully consistent with what Wolverine has said from the start – that all involved parties must be involved in discussing and developing solutions.
To read the Company’s press release and its lawsuit against 3M, please click the links below.