Plainfield Township residents demand answers from officials on contaminated water

PLAINFIELD TWP, Mich. — Over 100 people showed up to Plainfield Township’s board meeting on Monday night to express concerns and demand answers from the board about reported levels of PFAs in their water supply.
Water quality is something that’s been at the forefront of people’s minds in Kent County as information surfaces about dumping that shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide did decades ago, potentially contaminating water in several neighborhoods with cancer-causing contaminants called PFAs.
Many concerned residents in the group hope to make waves with their numbers.
“I stand here before you an injured father, as a direct consequence of your failure to uphold your oaths of office.
Officials at Monday night’s meeting told residents they’re actively working to solve the contamination problem.
“When contamination was first found we have discussions with the owner of the landfill and actually a lawsuit with the owner of the landfill and at that time, they put in a filtering system to pull those chemicals out at that time," Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden said in regard to how the township has handled contamination in the past.
Officials at Monday night’s meeting added that Wolverine Worldwide should bear the burden of paying for this problem, not the taxpayers.
However, some residents say the board is not fulfilling its responsibility and demand immediate action from the township, including an explanation of contaminants, appropriate clean-up, and clean water that does not contain PFAs.
The Kent County Health Department posts weekly updates on the PFAs investigation online.
Wolverine Worldwide also posts weekly blog entries, updating the public on how many wells they’ve tested and how many water filters they installed.

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