Town Hall Discussing Wolverine Worldwide Water Contamination to be Held on December 2nd

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Experts and community members will speak and answer questions about toxic dumping at a town hall meeting being held at the Northview High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 2nd at 2 p.m.

Residents will be able to voice their concerns and speak directly with experts who specialize in water contamination and ecological pollution. Among those scheduled to appear are guest speakers who have written and spoken extensively about ecosystem pollution.

In addition, representatives of several law firms handling the water contamination cases will be in attendance to answer residents’ questions regarding legal options.

The toxic chemicals, known as Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), were first discovered in private wells in Belmont. It is believed the groundwater contamination is a result of Wolverine Worldwide dumping chemicals used to waterproof shoes in multiple areas in Kent County. Currently, over 70 dump sites are being investigated for PFAS contamination.

The town hall meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the Northview High School Performing Arts Center located at 4451 Hunsberger NE in Grand Rapids. For more information, please call 616-278-0795 or visit the town hall’s Facebook event page.       

Guest Speakers*

Travis Brown – Senior Laboratory Technician, Lacks Industries

In addition to his background in water chemistry, Travis is also a local resident. Travis will be providing insight and information not only as a scientist, but also as someone personally impacted by the water contamination.

Joe Berlin – President, BLDI Environmental Engineering

Joe’s Grand Rapids-based firm handles environmental PFAS cleanup, most notably at decommissioned military sites and other locations where foam-based flame retardants are used.  Joe’s expertise will provide valuable insight regarding the cleanup and recovery process.

John Coon – Environmental Consultant and Attorney, Law Offices of John R. Coon

John’s law practice focuses on environmental conflict resolution, and has assisted clients with problems relating to ecological issues since 2000.  John is also an affiliated faculty member for the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and has presented and published numerous academic papers focused on environmental conservation. 

* Guest speakers subject to change