Wolverine Dump Sites Information
KENT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:
Kent County Health Department reports that you can get up to date information and resources at their website.
If you have questions regarding the Wolverine dumping sites, etc. please visit the Kent County Health Department's website at:
If residents are concerned about testing for general well water quality they can contact the Kent County Health Department at 616-632-7100.
Near the top of the page under Kent County Updates there are contacts listed for different subject matter issues where the Health Department can direct people with questions that they may have.
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (DEQ) INFORMATION:
The DEQ is aware of two locations in Algoma Township that a concerned citizens group suggests waste from the Rockford Tannery was dumped. They don’t have substantiated information on one location which the group lists as “unknown dumping”. They are working to develop further information on that location.
A second location identified as a gravel pit was the subject of an investigation by the Department of Natural Resources Office of Criminal Investigation and that investigation concluded no state laws were broken.
They are encouraging citizens who have knowledge of waste disposal outside of a licensed disposal facility to contact Mark Worrall, Project Geologist at firstname.lastname@example.org phone 616-356-0253.
If you have general questions regarding the sites please direct them to Karen Vorce, Project Manager at VorceK@michigan.gov phone 616-439-8008.
If residents are concerned about testing for general well water quality they can contact the Kent County Health Department at 616-632-7100. If residents are specifically concerned about the contaminant at House Street in Plainfield Township (perfluorinated alkyl substances or PFAS) they should know that at this time there is no substantiated evidence of a release of this compound in Algoma Township. The DEQ is not currently testing for PFAS in Algoma. The test is expensive and the collection method requires experience to implement. Below is a link to a list of vendors that have been approved for this test and collection method and will sample residential wells:
Residents should be aware there are less than reputable persons in the area who offer a testing service that purports to sample for PFAS for less than $500 that we don’t have confidence in the collection or analytical method.
Residents can get further information on PFAS by calling the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP WEBSITE - GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION INFO:
This page located on the Plainfield Township website will connect you with the information from key agencies working to investigate and manage the House Street contamination: