Plainfield Township residents express concerns about contaminated water

The Plainfield Township meeting was crowded with people concerned about their water.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICH. - It was standing room only for a meeting in Plainfield Township Monday night, Nov. 27. Township leaders heard from dozens of residents who remain concerned about their water.

It all stems from Wolverine Worldwide's dump sites which has caused a frenzy of testing for the PFAS chemical. High levels of PFAS can cause certain forms of cancer and even infertility.

Many residents on Monday expressed their desire for Plainfield Township to start using water from Grand Rapids.  

But environmental lawyer Doug Van Essen says it's not that simple.

"Many of you have suggested that the solution is Grand Rapids, and drawing the water from Grand Rapids. Where do you think all of this Wolverine contaminated water is going? It is going to the Grand River and Lake Michigan. I have seen test results from Lake Michigan that it's at 10 parts per trillion of PFAS," says Van Essen.

Township leaders say more testing is needed and Van Essen stated that some of the leading scientists in the world are now studying the situation.

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