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Wolverine Worldwide committing $40M to groundwater issues

February 9, 2018
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A footwear and apparel maker that's working to clean up dump sites in the area said it expects to spend $40 million addressing groundwater issues.

Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide said yesterday it expects to spend as much as $35 million for ongoing testing and monitoring of groundwater and providing bottled drinking water and water filter systems for people affected by groundwater problems.

It said the remaining estimated costs are associated with consulting and other expenses this year.

The company used chemicals at its former tannery in Rockford to waterproof leather for shoes.

Wolverine, however, said it doesn't believe the contamination is responsible for reports of elevated lead levels in water.

A law firm representing about 250 clients affected by contamination said two clients' properties have high lead levels.

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

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