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Man files lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide

November 29, 2017
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A man in Belmont has filed a lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide concerning a contaminated well and his property.

Theodore Ryfiak Jr. lives across the street from the company’s former House Street waste dump, and he has found waste on his property and believes there may be more, according to a post today by WOOD TV.

The lawsuit was filed by Ryfiak in the Kent County Circuit Court by local attorney Aaron Phelps, who said he’s representing 100 residents in the area, WOOD TV reports.

The suit is seeking at least $25,000, alleging Wolverine knew about contamination and covered it up.

Wolverine told the Business Journal it “does not comment on ongoing or potential litigation.”

The company previously said it expects to spend $3 million to this year to deal with the dump sites.

The lawsuit alleges, “Wolverine dumped sludge, barrels and other tannery waste on and around House Street NE, Belmont, Michigan, including at licensed and unlicensed dumps, which Wolverine knew would be discharged into the groundwater and be injurious to public health,” according to WOOD TV.

The suit claims more than 200 wells in the Belmont area have “tested positive” for PFAS, WOOD TV reports.

Wolverine Worldwide is maintaining a blog to "keep the community informed on local water testing and related issues." 

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