WOLVERINE TO CONDUCT LIMITED RESTORATION WORK AT FORMER TANNERY

Last month, Wolverine completed the excavation work it began last fall at the site of its former Tannery in Rockford.  As described here, this work included the removal 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.  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.

Beginning the week of April 20, Wolverine’s EPA-approved environmental contractor will return to perform necessary site restoration work under EPA oversight.  This includes placing clean topsoil, grading the site to promote proper drainage, seeding the site and the banks of the Rogue River with native grasses, installing erosion control devices, and repaving the White Pine Trail.  These activities are part of the remediation agreed upon by Wolverine and the EPA, and are needed to protect Rogue River water quality and prevent possible shoreline erosion.

This work is expected to take three to four weeks, and the White Pine Trail will be closed and re-routed for a portion of this time.  While this work is taking place, all workers will use appropriate safety protocols to address COVID-19 risk and comply with Governor Whitmer’s executive order, which authorizes environmental response work like this to proceed with these safeguards in place.

Sometime later this year, we anticipate supplementing the seeding taking place over the next three to four weeks with cuttings and plugs of similar native species.  The mix type will include grasses such as little bluestem and flowering species such as New England aster and black-eyed Susan, along with a variety of trees.  The deep root systems of these types of native plants have the ability to provide protection from erosion and can reduce water run-off.  In addition, native plants do not require the use of fertilizers and provide habitat and food for wildlife.

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.

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.