MLive has reported that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public meeting to address recent groundwater testing that revealed high levels of PFAS in groundwater near a landfill in Pierson where Wolverine dumped its sludge.
The Central Sanitary landfill, located in the Montcalm County village of Pierson, recently tested at concentrations above 70 parts-per-trillion.
PFAS – short for polyfluoroalkyl substances – is a known carcinogen that has been linked to some cancers, thyroid disorders, suppressed immune systems, and several other diseases. PFAS became widely-known to Michigan residents late last year, when the substance was detected in groundwater and drinking water well samples across Kent County. Officials have linked the groundwater contamination to multiple dumpsites utilized by Wolverine Worldwide.
Geological data provided by the DEQ shows a number private wells located within a mile radius of the Central Sanitary landfill. Clusters of wells in Pierson, as well as along the shores of Whitefish and Bass lakes were included in the testing boundary.
The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the Pierson Village hall. All residents are invited to attend, especially those living within the sampling area shown on the map below:
According to documents and employee accounts provided by MLive, Wolverine Worldwide began using the Central Sanitary landfill to house sludge from the Rockford tannery in the early 1980s. Republic Services reportedly stopped accepting waste from Wolverine last fall.
MLive also reports that Wolverine Worldwide has not contacted Republic Services regarding PFAS testing in Pierson, and is not involved in testing the groundwater.