Wolven Avenue Sampling Update

Beginning this week, Wolverine will be sampling approximately 175 wells for PFAS in the vicinity of Wolven Avenue between 10 Mile and 11 Mile Roads.  The sampling will be conducted by Rose & Westra/GZA, Wolverine’s environmental engineers.

This sampling is being conducted because the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) received reports that liquid tannery byproducts were used by a few farmers in this area in the 1950s or 1960s.  Reports indicate that these farmers applied the byproducts to their fields, and that they valued the lime content in particular as a fertilizer.  According to experts, soil that has been amended with liquid tannery byproducts poses no health impacts to humans or animals, including vegetation that may have been grown in this type of soil.

Wolverine began notifying homeowners on November 13, 2017, and sampling is expected to begin later this week.  All homeowners in this area are being provided with bottled water while waiting for their results, which we expect to be available within four weeks after sampling.

Wolverine continues to work with the MDEQ to identify and test possible sites. Every resident whose water is being tested has a water solution until they have answers.  While the science is not conclusive, we’re working proactively to develop solutions, share information with you, and restore our community’s confidence in its drinking water.

Call Center Update (Week of November 6)

To aid in our transparency, over the next several weeks, we will be posting weekly call center updates every Monday for the previous week. These metrics will address the number of calls made by our team, the number of calls we have received, the number of call backs needed, the number of unanswered emails and the number of emails sent by our call center to support the community.

Calls Received 44
Calls Made 33
Call Backs Needed 0
Unanswered Emails 5
Emails Sent 23

Any residents with questions are encouraged to contact us directly at 616.866.5627 or HouseStreet@wwwinc.com.

Important Updates For This Week…

As we announced last week, we launched WeAreWolverine.com to serve as our direct communication channel to the community – we plan to provide regular updates on what’s happening and what we’re doing to address the situation.

Below, you’ll find to important updates for this week…

Well Testing Results
To date, we’ve sampled approximately 650 wells in the House Street Study Area, Buffer Zone, and Southeast Expansion Area, and have received results for 413 of them, or approximately 63%.  So far, 385 wells have tested below the EPA lifetime drinking water advisory level – 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA/PFOS – and 28 wells have tested above it.  This advisory level was set for the most sensitive populations including children and pregnant mothers, and was based on consuming two liters a day at over 70 ppt every day for 70 years.

Whole House Filter Installation Update
To date, 53 whole house filters have been installed in homes in the House Street Study Area and Buffer Zone, and approximately 50 more are scheduled for this week.  Installations are being prioritized based on the levels of PFOA/PFOS detected in wells.  Our goal is to have all homes that have any level of detection complete by Thanksgiving – this is an aggressive schedule given the complexity of custom installation, but we’re doing everything possible to make this happen.  We appreciate the homeowners’ patience as we ramp-up to our goal of 55 filters per week.

Southeast Expansion Area Testing – Whole House Filters
For any home in the Southeast Expansion Area testing above the EPA lifetime drinking water advisory level of 70 ppt for PFOA/PFOS, Wolverine will be supplying a custom, whole house filter system.  Those homeowners will be contacted by WWW and Culligan to arrange installation.  In the interim, while results are being received, every home in this area is being provided with bottled water through Culligan.

Field Work Update – MDOT and Imperial Pine Waste Removal
The solid waste removed from the MDOT parcel was determined to be non-hazardous, and has already been disposed of.  Similar non-hazardous waste is being removed and disposed of from a parcel on Imperial Pine this week.

MDEQ Update – Testing Areas
We continue to work closely with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to assess additional areas of possible waste disposal that they’ve determined need to be reviewed.  If more sites are identified that need to be addressed, we’ll quickly mobilize efforts to sample wells, and will provide alternate water solutions while residents wait for their test results.

November 29th Town Hall
Wolverine will be participating in the November 29th Public Town Hall hosted by the Kent County Health Department.  The meeting will take place at 6.00pm on Wednesday, November 29th at Rockford High School Freshman Center (4500 Kroes Street NE).  Representatives from Wolverine and the participating agencies will be available beginning at 4.30pm for one-on-one consultations with residents, followed by the Town Hall beginning at 6.00pm.

We developed this blog as one way for you to hear directly from us and you’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days and weeks.  West Michigan is our home and we’ve always acted responsibly and taken our obligations as part of this community personally – for over a hundred years, Wolverine has been not only a leader and contributor to this community, but we’ve also been your neighbor – that’s why we’ve taken the proactive steps we have so far and why we’re committed to seeing this through to the end.  We hope you’ll follow this blog, learn about what we’re doing to make this right, and hear the other side of the story.

We Are Wolverine.

Wolverine Worldwide Releases Test Results From Former Tannery Site, Rogue River & Rum Creek

No Drinking Water at Risk; Experts Say No Health Risk From Swimming or Recreational Contact

Wolverine Worldwide today announced results of the water sampled for testing from its former Tannery site in Rockford. This testing was done to further evaluate the groundwater and surface water – the sources of water sampled at these sites, including the Rogue River and Rum Creek, are not used for drinking water.  The Company has worked closely with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on this testing, and has already submitted a proposal to the MDEQ outlining next steps to further evaluate the Tannery site.

To read the full press release, click the link below.

Wolverine Worldwide Releases Test Results From Former Tannery Site, Rouge River & Rum Creek

Rogue River Map