ALGOMA TOWNSHIP (WOOD) — As Wolverine Worldwide begins testing wells in a brand new PFAS dump website, Goal eight has discovered that one personal nicely within the space already has examined with excessive ranges of the possible carcinogen.
Check outcomes paid for by a resident on Elstner Avenue, close to eleven Mile Street and Wolven Avenue NE in Algoma Township, confirmed a mixed PFAS degree of two,430 elements per trillion, 35 occasions the Environmental Safety Company advisory restrict for consuming water.
That’s the very best recognized degree outdoors the research space round Wolverine’s former Home Road dump website in Belmont, the place PFAS contamination has unfold in wells for greater than a mile, elevating fears of most cancers and different sicknesses. Wolverine used Scotchgard with PFAS for years to deal with footwear at its Rockford tannery.
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Wolverine introduced Tuesday it was testing one hundred seventy five wells for PFAS within the space of Wolven between 10 Mile and eleven Mile roads. They embrace houses within the excessive-finish Wellington Ridge and forty three North neighborhoods constructed on former farmland.
“I truly didn’t assume it might come this far,” stated Brenda Waite, who lives on Elstner Avenue.
Michigan Division of Environmental High quality spokeswoman Melanie Brown stated the company requested Wolverine to check wells based mostly on unbiased check outcomes from a number of householders. On the DEQ’s request, she stated, Wolverine is offering bottled water for residents.
Longtime resident Richard Geldhof, who lives on Elstner, stated he tipped off the DEQ in October that farmers unfold tannery sludge on their fields within the space within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties.
Wolverine stated studies present farmers utilized the tannery sludge to fields for its lime content material.
“Again then, it was how our grandfathers removed it,” Geldhof stated. “It was authorized to do; there was nothing unlawful about it.”
Geldhof stated his spouse grew up on a farm on Elstner and recalled the dumping.
“She stated they might dump it once they have been in class, come house and get an enormous whiff of it as a result of it hadn’t been unfold but,” Geldhof stated.
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The brand new website is amongst seventy five the state says it’s checking in its Wolverine investigation, most of these based mostly on ideas. Some contain farmland the place Wolverine sludge was used for fertilizer.