PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The probably carcinogen from an extended-closed Wolverine Worldwide dump north of Grand Rapids has unfold in groundwater almost 1.5 miles away, Goal eight has discovered.
A check of nicely water at a house at 7019 Herrington Ave. NE in Plainfield Township confirmed that PFOS — a poisonous chemical in Scotchgard, which Wolverine beforehand used to waterproof footwear — at 35 elements per trillion, the home-owner advised Goal eight on Wednesday.
Michigan Division of Environmental High quality officers stated the outcomes prompted them to ask Wolverine Worldwide to increase its testing space.
“We must be considering what the subsequent steps at the moment are,” DEQ Grand Rapids Supervisor David O’Donnell advised Goal eight Wednesday.
Professor Richard Rediske, of Grand Valley State College’s Robert B. Annis Water Assets Institute, stated the brand new findings present the plume of contamination is main and that Wolverine ought to increase the testing space.
Home-owner Linda Peterson stated the DEQ knowledgeable her of the check outcomes on Sunday. Her house on Herrington, close to Belmont Avenue NE, is 1.three miles because the crow flies from Wolverine’s previous Home Road NE dump. Wolverine dumped sludge there from its Rockford tannery till about 1970.
Peterson lives on the outer fringe of a “buffer zone” arrange for testing by Wolverine.
“It unfold so much farther than they initially had anticipated, or they might have examined the entire space sooner,” Peterson advised Goal eight.
Peterson stated she thought she was protected as a result of she lives on a hill. Whereas her studying of 35 elements per trillion is under the Environmental Safety Company’s 70 elements per trillion advisory degree, she says it’s far too excessive for her and her household. Some states, together with New Jersey, Minnesota and West Virginia, have set far decrease limits.
“I really feel like I’ve been consuming this water for over 30 years; my youngsters and my grandchildren have all been consuming it, and it’s an enormous drawback,” Peterson stated. “We shouldn’t need to hold consuming it simply because it’s at a sure degree.”
Peterson stated the DEQ has advised her to cease consuming her water straight from the properly.
“I shouldn’t use the water for something, not washing your meals, or brushing your tooth or the ice, or cooking, or something,” she stated.
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