Dingell calls on Michigan’s EGLE to reject Wolverine’s World Wide PFAS cleanup plan

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell sent a letter to Michigan’s top environmental official on Monday, urging her to reject a company’s proposed cleanup plan for a known PFAS site in western Michigan.

Wolverine World Wide submitted the latest version of its PFAS remediation plan to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy on Dec. 1, which it describes. offer to build a system to remove PFAS contamination at its former leather plant in Rockford and prevent it from entering nearby Rum Creek and the Rogue River.

Eagle Wolverine a breach notice in October after finding that the company had not met a previously approved cleanup schedule and needed to change its plans to adequately capture groundwater at the site. The department ordered the company to write a revised plan, which is under review.

Dingell, D-Ann Arbor, said the latest plan “does not do enough to clean up the site and prevent the continued release of chemicals into the Rogue River and the surrounding environment.” In Monday’s letter, he urged EGLE acting CEO Dan Eichinger to come up with the company’s “most robust plan.”

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