Local lawmaker pushes for state house hearing on water contamination

Lawmaker ask for hearing on water worries

KENT COUNTY, MICH. - A Grand Rapids lawmaker is taking action after reported water contamination in Kent County. 

Grand Rapids state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) sent a letter to Rep. Joseph Graves, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, to request a hearing on the water contamination caused by the Wolverine Worldwide. This, according to a press release sent to us from Brinks's office.  

According to the DEQ, there are currently 20 sites associated with dumping by Wolverine Worldwide. 

The waste dumped contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, from 3M's Scotchgard product. High levels of PFAS exposure have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and developmental and reproductive problems.

“Sadly, our state knows all too well what can happen when drinking water is contaminated. We learned from Flint that it can lead to learning difficulties, health impairments, disease and even death,” Rep. Brinks said. “We must learn from that experience and take our water quality seriously."

There has been no response yet from Graves about the hearing.  

The action comes as Wolverine Worldwide, 3M Corporation and Waste Management, Inc. are facing a environmental class action lawsuit.

Wolverine Worldwide is working to get people in the most contaminated areas whole house filtration systems. For more information on Wolverine and their whole house water filtration systems, visit www.wearewolverine.com

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