DEQ making new demands of Wolverine in PFAS crisis

PLAINFIELD TWP. — The state is making new demands of Wolverine Worldwide and setting deadlines for ensuring residents get safe water and health care, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The DEQ is requesting is Wolverine provide “immediate access to safe drinking water” to all residents; identify all contamination sites, characterize the nature and extent of contamination in the Rockford area and work with health care experts to “ensure that residents in the impacted areas have access to appropriate health care resources to monitor health implications.”

The state said tests show 22 homes around Wolverine’s former House Street NE dump with well water above the EPA’s advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion of PFAS. Many more have tested with lower levels of the chemical.

PFAS is the chemical once used in Scotchgard, which Wolverine used to waterproof shoes.

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