Another tannery waste dump site found in western Michigan

BELMONT, MICH. (AP) - Another leather tannery waste dump site has been found in western Michigan, prompting worries that chemical-laced debris may be in a wider area than previously known.

Tedd Ryfiak, who lives near a former Wolverine World Wide dump site in the Belmont area, says he's found waste including two rusty metal drums on his property and he's concerned there may be more.

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Wolverine said Monday it wasn't aware of the waste at Ryfiak's property but the company would remove it.

The waste is in addition to two already-known illegal dump sites in the area.

Waste sludge from the Rockford-based global footwear company's tannery was dumped into unlined trenches and lagoons during the 1960s. The waste is blamed for high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in area groundwater.

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