Belmont - House Street, Belmont, Kent County

 

Updated: October 15, 2020

EGLE Site Lead:
Karen Vorce
VorceK@Michigan.gov

View the Belmont/Rockford Study Areas Interactive MapBelmont House Street PFOS+PFOA Results Heat MapBackground

The Belmont – House Street area consists of a former licensed disposal facility owned and operated by Wolverine World Wide (Wolverine) at 1855 House Street in Plainfield Township, a suspected disposal area in the Wolven/Jewell area north of 10 Mile Road in Algoma Township, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) investigations into several citizen-reported unregulated dump sites across three townships in northern Kent County.

On February 19, 2020, the Consent Decree between the State of Michigan (Plaintiff), Plainfield and Algoma Townships (Intervening Plaintiffs) and Wolverine (Defendant) became effective and serves as the framework for all future response activities performed by Wolverine at the House Street property and surrounding area identified as the “North Kent Study Area”.  Wolverine will conduct these activities under EGLE oversight, and the Consent Decree includes tools that ensure that the required work is completed.

Recent Accomplishments


Perimeter Groundwater Monitoring Response Activity Plan:


Area 5, Area 6, Area 11 & 12, and Area 19 Response Activity Plans


Residential Resampling Response Activity Plan


Groundwater-Surface Water Response Activity Plan 


Filter Operation and Maintenance Response Activity Plan


Next Steps

  • Wolverine will implement the work outlined in the February 19, 2020 Consent Decree and the associated Response Activity Plans. The table below summarizes the due dates and public comment periods of the Response Activity Plans. 
Response Activity Plan Draft Report Due to EGLE Public Meeting Date Public Comment Period EGLE Responsiveness Summary Document Date Final Response Activity Plan Submitted
Filter Operation and Maintenance (O&M) April 6, 2020 May 26, 2020 May 14 - June 13, 2020 August 5, 2020 September 16, 2020
Groundwater Surface Water Interface (GSI) April 20, 2020 May 27, 2020 May 14 - June 13, 2020 August 5, 2020 September 23, 2020
Residential Well Resampling May 4, 2020 June 23, 2020 June 11 - July 18, 2020 August 31, 2020 September 30, 2020
Groundwater Investigation - Area 5 June 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 August 6 - September 10, 2020 September 30, 2020 To Be Determined
Groundwater Investigation - Area 6  June 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 August 6 - September 10, 2020 September 30, 2020 To Be Determined
Groundwater Investigation - Area 11 & 12 June 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 August 6 - September 10, 2020 September 30, 2020 To Be Determined
Groundwater Investigation - Area R-1 (19) June 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 August 6 - September 10, 2020 September 30, 2020 To Be Determined
Perimeter Wells August 17, 2020 October 6, 2020 September 24 - October 24, 2020 To Be Determined To Be Determined

 

Municipal Water Installation

Filter Operation & Maintenance

  • Wolverine will continue the operation and maintenance of whole-house filters and point-of-use filters in the North Kent Study Area in accordance with the Consent Decree, described specifically in Section 7.5 and Appendix L, and the Filter Operation and Maintenance Response Activity Plan. 

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • 135 drinking water wells have been tested by EGLE; 1,545 drinking water wells have been tested by Wolverine; 42 drinking water wells have been tested by Kent County Department of Public Works.
  • Wolverine has provided 539 whole house filters and 236 point-of-use filters. Kent County Department of Public Works has provided 10 whole house filters.
  • Section 6.1 of the February 2020 Consent Decree discusses the framework for the extension of municipal water to parcels depicted and listed in Appendix I – List of Parcels and Map of Municipal Water Areas.  Learn more about updates on the Plainfield Township municipal water expansion project.
  • EGLE has sampled all municipal water supplies for PFAS, including the City of Rockford and Plainfield Charter Township. View the City of Rockford and Plainfield Charter Township results.

Upcoming Community Engagement

  • Anticipated November 2020 USEPA Wolverine CAG Meeting; Details to follow. 
 
Historical Sampling Chart: data is reflective of criteria prior to 8/3/2020:
PFOS + PFOA Only

This chart reflects data received prior to 8/3/2020.

Type of Sample

Number of Samples

Number of Results Received

Number of Non-detects

Number Between Non-detect and standard*

Number > Standard

Monitoring Wells
(House Street Investigation Area)
490 490 234 187 69
Monitoring Wells
(Wolven/Jewell Area)
192 192 62 70 60

Residential Wells

1,722 1,722 926 670 126

Cumulative

2,404 2,404 1,222 927 255

*Groundwater results are compared to EGLE’s former Part 201 Criteria of 70 ppt.
*Residential well results are compared to the USEPA Lifetime Health Advisory Level of 70 ppt.

Sampling notes

  • On August 3, 2020, new Part 201 Criteria went into effect. 
  • Other PFAS analytes were detected in samples. There are currently no federal or state standards for these analytes.

Historical Timeline

Contacts for Assistance

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

    Residents please note: Many residents have inquired about which whole house filters are certified to remove PFOS/PFOA. Please visit the Home Filters page to learn more.