Hazardous chemicals used to waterproof boots and shoes at the Rockford, MI-based Wolverine Worldwide tannery were openly dumped onto grounds in and around the area during the 1960s and 70s. The chemicals slowly went to contaminate groundwater and drinking wells for generations to come:
Wynn-Stelt’s blood tested at 5 million parts per trillion (ppt), 750 times above the national average.
“I’m always going to have PFAS in my system. That’s just the inevitability now,” Wynn-Stelt said. “If I’m this high, I can’t even imagine what Joel’s rates were. He drank much more water than I did.” Wynn-Stelt’s husband Joel died of liver cancer on March 26, 2016.
In August, she found out their well tested at 37,800 ppt, 540 times the safe drinking water limit set by the EPA of 70 ppt.
“PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The number of dump sites the state is checking in the Wolverine Worldwide PFAS contamination investigation has grown to 75, state officials told on Monday”
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A footwear manufacturer that’s working to clean up dump sites in western Michigan says it expects to spend $40 million addressing groundwater issues.