Wolverine Worldwide well pollution response

An auditorium was full of people at the town hall meeting that was held to discuss contaminated water in Belmont.

ROCKFORD, MICH. - Wolverine Worldwide promises they are going to identify polluted wells, fix the problem and make sure people are not drinking contaminated water.

Company representatives made this pledge at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. It was organized after waterproofing chemicals from Wolverine Worldwide shoe production were found in some Belmont wells.

In the 1960s, the company legally buried chemicals on property they own near House Street in Plainfield Township. They stopped in 1970, but no one tested groundwater until this year. High levels of potentially dangerous chemicals were found in nearby wells. 

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“People are drinking this water,” pointed out one speaker. “This isn't a hypothetical concern.”

“We are moving quickly and responsibly with the collaboration of the experts,” Wolverine Worldwide Vice President Chris Hufnagel assured the crowd. “We are committed to you to making this right.”

So far they have only found a hand full of contaminated wells, but they are testing dozens more. What happens next will depend on the results. In the meantime, Wolverine Worldwide is providing bottled water and water filters to people who live near their old dump site on House Street.

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