ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Algoma Township supervisor Kevin Green says it will be three or four weeks before they know if any more wells in the township contain PFOS chemicals.
“And we will know what else to do,” he says. “Hopefully nothing.”
Wolverine World Wide is testing all 150 homes in the Wellington Ridge subdivision and about two dozen others in the vicinity.
They are expensive homes built on farmland just west of Rockford. Private tests on a pair of wells were above maximum EPA PFOS levels.
”There have been two tests that were over 70 parts per trillion,” confirms Green.
As a result, the DEQ and Wolverine decided to test about 175 residential wells in the area, looking for elevated levels of a chemical the company used to waterproof shoes in the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
“The DEQ and Wolverine are just showing an abundance of caution by testing in Wellington Ridge,” says Green. “They are just making sure the residents are safe.”
Before it was a subdivision farmers may have used lime enriched waste from the Wolverine tannery in Rockford to fertilize their fields. According to the company website, technicians will start collecting well samples in Algoma Township this week. Test results should be back before the end of the year.
“For the longest time we have not had any verified spots in Algoma Township” Green says. That is starting to change a little bit.”
Wolverine is already testing hundreds of wells near old dumping grounds in Plainfield Township. PFOS compounds are linked to some cancers and other illnesses.
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