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State Files Lawsuit

Jan 12, 2018

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) filed a lawsuit that would order Wolverine World Wide to provide long-term solutions for Kent County residents affected by PFAS contamination in areas the state believes contains Wolverine waste. The complaint was filed on January 10, in the U.S. District Court, Western District, Southern Division.

Under the complaint, the state requests that Wolverine institute protective measures to mitigate risks to public health, continue environmental investigations, address contamination in ground and surface water, and pay for the state’s past and future costs association with enforcement of state clean up laws.

PFAS has been classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as an emerging contaminant on the national level.  PFAS are a suite of chemicals historically used in thousands of applications throughout the industrial, food, and textile industries. They are stable, breaking down very slowly in the environment, and are highly soluble, easily transferring through soil to groundwater.

For more information on the state’s response to PFAS, please visit Michigan.gov/Belmont.

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