Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill making $23 million available to help solve the PFAS water contamination problem near Rockford and at least a dozen other areas in Michigan
Among other things the money will pay to build a lab to test water samples so homeowners don't have to wait weeks for results from an out of state facility.
State Representative Winnie Brinks, a Democrat from Grand Rapids, also wants executives from Wolverine World Wide and chemical company 3-M to testify under oath at a legislative hearing about PFAS. 3-M made Scotchguard containing the chemical that Wolverine used to waterproof shoes.
“I can't be confident at all they would be willing to show up,” says Brinks. “I'm certain they are not real eager to do that. But I do think it is important to ask. At some point, they owe the residents of this area an explanation.”
Waste from the old Wolverine World Wide tannery in Rockford is blamed for PFAS contamination in dozens of domestic wells in at least three townships.
Representative Brinks is a member of the Democratic minority in Lansing and can't schedule a hearing in the legislature. The Republican head of the House Oversight Committee promises a hearing on the PFAS problem at what he calls the "appropriate time." Probably, he says, in 2018.
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