MI: Wolverine kept PFAS outdoors at polluted tannery

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Historical records show that Wolverine World Wide once stored toxic chemicals that are polluting the Rogue River in an unpaved area outdoors at the footwear company’s former leather tannery complex in downtown Rockford.

A pollution prevention plan from 1981 shows that drums of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were kept outside at the tannery near locations where recent testing has found extremely high levels of the chemistry in the soil and groundwater.

The 1981 document, obtained though the Freedom of Information Act, may not have been provided to either the state or federal governments in response to mandatory record seeking related to an ongoing pollution investigation in Kent County.

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