Former Plainfield Township clerk helps lead fight for clean water
He says when he worked for the township he learned that the North Kent Landfill had its leachate flowing into the sanitary sewer, so he made a call to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Harvey and other members of "Demand Action" believe not enough is being done to contain and test that contaminated water.
FOX 17 took his questions to the Department of Public Works, they replied in part, with the following statement: "The groundwater ponds you reference have all permits required by and are in full compliance with all permitting requirements of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
All outfalls from the groundwater ponds north of the actual landfill are tested and are in compliance with and below all established drinking water and surface water limits for arsenic and benzene."
Harvey says when he brought his concerns to the county, he was given a different answer.
Harvey is also concerned with the levels of benzene found in monitoring wells on the North Kent Landfill.
The EPA advises zero exposure to benzene and sets a legal limit of five parts per billion.
Harvey worries that those levels of benzene compromised the lining of the landfill, exposing groundwater to whatever waste was in the landfill, including PFAS.
“More and more testing," Harvey tells FOX 17.