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

Wolverine Worldwide Expands Efforts to Address PFAS

Wolverine Worldwide announced today significant next steps in its already extensive efforts to ensure long-term water quality for the community in and around its hometown. These steps include Wolverine providing $69.5 million toward the extension of municipal water to more than 1,000 properties, plus continued environmental remediation. These actions are reflected in a tentative settlement agreement reached by Wolverine Worldwide, the State of Michigan, and Plainfield and Algoma Townships.

To read the full press release, please click the link below:

WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE EXPANDS EFFORTS TO ADDRESS PFAS

For a message about these developments from Blake W. Krueger, Wolverine’s Chairman, CEO, and President, please click below:

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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.