Sen. Peter MacGregor: Disposal Site Groundwater Contamination

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By Sen. Peter MacGregor, 28th Senate District

In recent weeks, I have spoken with several constituents, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Kent County Health Department, and township officials regarding the ongoing water contamination problem in Plainfield Township at the former House Street Disposal Site, and Algoma and Cannon Township.

Wolverine Worldwide is currently working with the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services, Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as officials from Plainfield Township and the Kent County Health Department to determine the extent of the contamination and to provide short and long-term relief to area neighbors.

All tested homes are able to receive a water filter for their kitchen faucet and homes that test beyond 70 parts per trillion (PPT) will have the option of a whole-house filter. Senior citizens may be able to qualify for a second filter for bathroom sinks and some homes may even be eligible to receive bottled water in the interim.

All filters, bottled water and other associated costs will be provided by Wolverine Worldwide and at no cost to the homeowner.

Wolverine Worldwide is working directly with the state, the Kent County Health Department and Plainfield Township to ensure residents are informed and have updated information as to what steps may need to be taken.

As the issue continues, my deepest concern lies with the residents living in the surrounding area and making sure they have the information and resources they need. I have met and spoken with several individuals on this issue and welcome anyone who is interested in helping or discussing potential solutions.

Weekly updates are provided here on the Kent County Health Department’s website. Additional information can be found online at Plainfield Township and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s websites.