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Public comment sought on Wolverine Worldwide settlement

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 20:56:00-05

ROCKFORD, Mich. — The state is asking for public comment on a settlement between Wolverine Worldwide and Plainfield and Algoma townships.

The $69.5 million settlement will require the company to pay to extend Plainfield Township’s municipal water system to reach 1,000 homes. It will also fund a granular activated carbon filtering system for the water plant.

A community forum will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Rockford High School in the Creative Teaching and Learning Center.

Michigan is accepting comments on the proposal through email until Feb. 13.

The settlement still has to be finalized by a U.S. District Court Judge.

Wolverine Worldwide issued the following statement regarding the Consent Decree:

Wolverine Worldwide is pleased to have reached a Consent Decree with the state of Michigan, and Algoma and Plainfield Townships that formalizes the tentative agreement announced in December. Wolverine Worldwide has said from the beginning that we are committed to being part of comprehensive water quality solutions for our friends, families, and neighbors, and this Consent Decree provides the right framework for that to occur. Wolverine joined the other parties in proposing a period for the public to comment on the Consent Decree before it is submitted to U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff for approval. The Consent Decree includes a remediation plan for our former tannery and House Street disposal site, as well as the extension of municipal water to more than 1,000 area properties.