Confirmed: No PFAS at East Rockford Middle School

Water Worries ERMS update

ROCKFORD, MICH. - No levels of the toxic PFAS chemical linked to the Wolverine Worldwide dump in Belmont were detected in the water at East Rockford Middle School, Rockford Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler said.  

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Wolverine Worldwide issued concurring statements. 

 
Rockford Public Schools stopped using its water as a precautionary measure on October 12 after investigators found a Wolverine Worldwide dumpsite at nearby Ramsdell Drive NE. The school used Wolverine-provided bottled water and external filters until Wednesday. 
 
 
"I've asked our director of operations to have the water turned back on at East Rockford Middle School," Shibler said. "I will be asking the [Kent County] Health Department and the DEQ for advice as to if we should have periodic testing in the future." 

As a precaution, samples of the three other Rockford schools on well water -- Cannonsburg, Crestwood and Lakes elementary schools -- have been sent in for testing. 

"Wolverine has been very accomodating in working with us," Shibler said. "And it is my expectation they will pay for that testing."

Wolverine Worldwide did not respond to WZZM when asked if it would pay for the new tests. 

 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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