Belmont - House Street, Belmont, Kent County

 

Updated: June 30, 2020

Background

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.

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Recent Accomplishments

  • On June 18, 2020, Wolverine submitted the following Draft Response Activity Plans for groundwater investigations in the North Kent Study Area:
  • These documents will go through a public comment process as set forth in Part 201 Section 2012d and Section 7.16 of the Consent Decree. More details regarding the public comment period and virtual public meeting will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the plans can be viewed at the links posted above.
  • On June 18, 2020, the Wolverine CAG held an online zoom meeting. EGLE and MDHHS provided project updates during this virtual meeting.
  • On May 4, 2020, Wolverine submitted a Draft Residential Well Resampling Response Activity Plan for EGLE review as set forth in Section 7.6 and Appendix M of the Consent Decree. This document is subject to the public comment process set forth in Part 201 Section 20120d and Section 7.16 of the Consent Decree. Refer to the banner at the top of the page for additional information on the public comment period lasting from June 11 until July 18, 2020 and the virtual public meeting that was held on June 23, 2020.  
  • Read the entire Draft Residential Well Resampling Response Activity Plan (27 pages)
  • On April 30, 2020, Wolverine submitted their 2020 First Quarter Progress Report as required under the Consent Decree.
  • On April 20, 2020, Wolverine submitted a Draft Groundwater-Surface Water Response Activity Plan for EGLE review as set forth in Section 7.10 and Appendix S of the Consent Decree. This document was subject to a public comment process as set forth in Part 201 Section 20120d, and Section 7.16 of the Consent Decree. The public comment period lasted from May 14 until June 13, 2020 . EGLE is in the process of compiling the comments and preparing a responsiveness summary document which will be shared once completed.  
  • On April 6, 2020, Wolverine submitted Draft Filter Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Plans for EGLE review  as set forth in Section 7.5 and Appendix L of the Consent Decree.  The two draft documents submitted to the agency were made available for official public review and comment following the process set forth in Part 201 Section 20120d, and Section 7.16 of the Consent Decree. The public comment period lasted from May 14 until June 13, 2020. EGLE is in the process of compiling the comments and preparing a responsiveness summary document which will be shared once completed. In the meantime, the Draft Filter O&M documents can be found here:

Next Steps

  • Wolverine will implement the work outlined in the February 19, 2020 Consent Decree.  Appendix K of the Consent Decree summarizes the schedule for submittal of Response Activity Plans.
  • Section 6.1 of the 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.
  • 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.  

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • 133 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 538 whole house filters and 236 point-of-use filters. Kent County Department of Public Works has provided 10 whole house filters.
  • All households in the sampling areas (as shown on the figure above) have been offered bottled water and/or filters by Wolverine and/or Kent County Department of Public Works.
  • For additional information on residential well testing and results, visit the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 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

  • USEPA Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meetings:
    • The next meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2020.  The meeting will be taking place over the conference app Zoom. To view the event details, visit WolverineCAG.org.  
  • EGLE actively participates in the Wolverine CAG meetings which are listed on the MPART calendar and on the CAG’s website, WolverineCAG.org.
 
Sampling: PFOS and PFOA Only

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 Part 201 Criteria of 70 ppt PFOS+PFOA.
*Residential well results are compared to the USEPA Lifetime Health Advisory Level of 70 ppt PFOS+PFOA.

Sampling notes

  • Other PFAS analytes were detected in samples. There are currently no federal or state standards for these analytes.
  • A final summary report of all the data collected by Wolverine this past summer, fall, and winter 2018 is due to the USEPA and EGLE May 2019.

 

Sampling Results for Main Areas

  • House Street Area
    (as reported by Wolverine)

    Wolverine has sampled 691 homes.
    692 results received:

    298 were non-detect PFOS+PFOA
    394 had detection of PFOS+PFOA
    40 homes over 70 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
    Highest concentration is 96,000 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)

    Range PFOS+PFOA (ppt) Number of samples
    Between 10,000 to 96,000 2
    Between 1,000 to 10,000 3
    Between 100 and 1,000 23
    Between 70 and 100 11
    Total: 39

     

     

  • The following results reflect sampling efforts in the main areas of the site investigation. The sample totals listed below are reflected in the main results table above.
  • Wolven/Jewell - Wolven Northeast
    (as reported by Wolverine)

    Wolverine has sampled 565 homes.
    565 results received:

    364 were non-detect PFOS+PFOA
    201 had detection of PFOS+PFOA
    79 homes over 70 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
    Highest concentration is 72,400 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)

    Range PFOS+PFOA (ppt) Number of samples
    Between 10,000 to 72,400 8
    Between 1,000 to 10,000 11
    Between 100 and 1,000 49
    Between 70 and 100 11
    Total: 79

    EGLE requested Wolverine to sample drinking water wells in the Wolven Northeast area to investigate if PFAS contaminated groundwater in the Wolven / Jewell area may be migrating preferentially to the northeast along a historic stream channel.

     

  • 12 Mile and Summit

    EGLE has sampled 21 homes.
    21 results received:

    3 were non-detect PFOS+PFOA
    18 had detection of PFOS+PFOA
    0 homes over 70 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
    Highest concentration is 49 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)

     

     

  • North Childsdale and 10 Mile Road

    EGLE has sampled 19 homes.
    19 results received:

    8 were non-detect PFOS+PFOA
    11 had detection of PFOS+PFOA
    3 homes over 70 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
    Highest concentration is 921 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)

    Range PFOS+PFOA (ppt) Number of samples
    Greater than 10,000 0
    Between 1,001 to 10,000 0
    Between 101 and 1,000 2
    Between 70 and 100 1
    Total: 3
  • Rogue River Area
    (as reported by Wolverine)

    Wolverine has sampled 247 homes.
    EGLE has sampled 9 homes.

    256 results received:

    2 homes over 70 PPT (PFOS+PFOA)
    135 were non-detect PFOS+PFOA
    121 had detection of PFOS+PFOA
    Highest concentration is 75 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)

    Range PFOS+PFOA (ppt) Number of samples
    Between 10,000 to 40,000 0
    Between 1,000 to 10,000 0
    Between 100 and 1,000 0
    Between 70 and 100 2
    Total: 2

    EGLE asked that Wolverine canvass and sample residential wells within this area from the former tannery property south to the Grand River within 1,500 feet of the Rogue River to the east and west.

  • North Kent Landfill Area
    (as reported by Kent County Department of Public Works)

    Kent County Department of Public Works has sampled 42 homes.
    42 results received:

    38 were non-detect PFOS+PFOA
    4 had detection of PFOS+PFOA
    0 homes over 70 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
    Highest concentration is 62.9 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)

  • CITIZEN COMPLAINT INVESTIGATIONS

    In addition to the PFAS investigations, EGLE responded to citizen complaints regarding alleged disposal areas at additional locations. As of January 2019, EGLE has conducted and completed investigations at a total of 109 alleged source areas.    

    Shown below are summaries for five of the investigations that included drinking water well sampling.  These investigations did not identify PFAS disposal areas, and sample results from all homes were below 70 ppt PFOA+PFOS.

    Childsdale Area - Childsdale Avenue north of Kuttshill Drive
    October 2017
    EGLE sampled 8 homes
    All results less than 6 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
     
    Douthett Dump - Lily and Buning Lanes north of 4 Mile Road
    January 2018
    EGLE sampled 21 homes
    All results less than 24 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
     
    Ramsdell Area - Ramsdell Drive south of 10 Mile Road
    October 2017
    Wolverine sampled 7 homes
    All results less than 3 ppt (PFOS+PFOA) 
     
    Whitten Area - Blossom Trail and Whitten Road
    February/March 2018
    EGLE sampled 10 homes
    All results less than 5 ppt (PFOS+PFOA)
     
    Rezen Area - Rezen Court area just north of Rockford High School
    October 2017
    Wolverine sampled 44 homes
    All results less than 9 ppt (PFOS+PFOA) 
     

     


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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.

    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.

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