DEQ's Ongoing Efforts on the PFAS Investigation

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    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality PFAS Response

PFAS Investigation Map

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Belmont - House Street and Other Disposal Areas

  • Belmont - House Street and Other Disposal Areas
    • Testing Results as of 1/5/18
      • Wolven, Wolven West-North, Jewell
        DEQ requested Wolverine to test 409 homes
        247 results back
        48 homes over 70 PPT
        Highest concentration is 20,500 PPT (PFOA/PFOS)
        Range PFOA&PFOS (PPT) Number of samples
        Between 10,000 to 21,000 2
        Between 1,000 to 10,000 10
        Between 100 and 1,000 30
        Between 70 and 100 6
        Total: 48
      • 12 Mile & White Pine Trail
        DEQ has sampled 20 homes
        Results Pending
      • North Childsdale and 10 Mile Road
        DEQ has sampled 18 homes
        Results pending
      • House Street Area
        DEQ Requested Wolverine to test 640 homes.
        Results: 30 homes over 70 PPT (PFOA/PFAS)
        415 were non-detect PFOA/PFOS
        223 had detection of PFOA/PFOS
        Highest concentration is 38,000 PPT (PFOA/PFOS)
        Range PFOA&PFOS (PPT) Number of samples
        Between 10,000 to 21,000 2
        Between 1,000 to 10,000 3
        Between 100 and 1,000 19
        Between 70 and 100 6
        Total: 30
    • DEQ has asked that Wolverine canvass and sample residential wells within the area from the former tannery property south to the Grand River within 1,500 feet of the Rouge River to the east and west. Canvassing will continue following the holiday restarting Jan.1

    • This area consists of a former licensed disposal facility owned and operated by Wolverine near House Street and Herrington Avenue in Plainfield Township and several unregulated dump sites across three townships in northern Kent County.
    • A concerned citizens group brought the former disposal location to the DEQ’s attention on 1/24/17.
    • The DEQ requested that Wolverine sample residential wells in response to the concerns.
    • A positive detection of PFAS was received in May 2017.
    • Since then, Wolverine has conducted residential well sampling, provided residents with bottled water, removed barrels and subsurface waste, and started an environmental investigation of groundwater contamination.
    • The DEQ has provided oversight, conducted follow-up sampling, investigated dozens of disposal locations, and participated in one town hall and three neighborhood meetings.
  • MDEQ Environmental Experts Investigate Potential PFAS Contamination Locations


    *Video on left: MDEQ environmental expert inspects a potential PFAS contamination site and explains what he is looking for to a local resident.
    *Video on right: MDEQ employs YUMA tablet technology to systematically document all potential PFAS contamination sites. The ability to record GPS coordinates, photos, the size and shape of each site, and then incorporate it all into a complete picture of the overall investigation is all part of a coordinated PFAS response.
    *Copyright Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. All rights reserved. Any reuse of DEQ photos or videos must give source credit to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Perfluorinated compound (PFC) Detections near House Street NE and Herrington Avenue

    Wolverine is currently working closely with state and local officials to collect data from the House Street Disposal Area, and the Rockford Tannery to understand the possible presence of PFCs. Proactive measures are underway to test residential water samples for PFCs. Some residential samples have detected PFCs at levels above the U.S. EPA lifetime health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion. Wolverine is providing bottled water and certified water filtration systems to homes with PFC detections. Wolverine along with state and local environmental experts and officials are sharing testing and other information with residents of Plainfield Township and the surrounding community.


Contacts for Assistance

  • For additional assistance, please email the Environmental Assistance Center or call 800-662-9278.

    If you live in the designated study area and would like free water testing, please fill out and send this Request of Water Testing email form.

    If you live near an area that you believe may be a suspected Waste Disposal Area, please fill out and send this Suspected Waste Disposal Area email form.

    Residents please note: Many residents have inquired about which whole house filters are certified to remove PFOS/PFOA.  At this time, the DEQ is not aware of any whole house filters currently on the market that are certified to remove PFOS/PFOA by the NFS International.