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Cleanup in Michigan: Attorney General Announces Proposed Settlement for Remediation of Drinking Water Contaminated by Alleged Activity of Footwear Manufacturer

 

  • Michigan AG Dana Nessel announced a proposed settlement with footwear manufacturer Wolverine Worldwide Inc. (“Wolverine”) to resolve allegations that Wolverine contaminated residential drinking water with “forever” chemicals in violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.
  • The complaint alleged that Wolverine was responsible for the release of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) into residential drinking water wells and the environment at levels that are dangerous to human health.
  • Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, Wolverine will pay $69.5 million to extend municipal water to more than 1,000 residences and will continue to monitor and filter residential drinking water in an area where PFAS concentration exceed certain levels, among other things.
  • The AG’s office will accept comments on the proposed consent decree through February 13, 2020.