LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding growing concerns over water contamination in Plainfield Township:
“My utmost concern lies with the residents who live in the area surrounding the former landfill on House Street and making sure they have all of the resources and information they need.
“Currently, the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services, Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development are working directly with the Kent County Health Department, Plainfield Township and Wolverine Worldwide to remedy the situation and provide residents with both short and long-term solutions. Weekly updates are provided on the Kent County Health Department’s website.
“Additionally, the Department of Environmental Quality continues to test the area surrounding the site and Wolverine Worldwide is providing water filters to those in need.
“House Bill 4205 would allow a process by which department directors could request standards that exceed those outlined by the federal government. This bill was not introduced or approved by the Senate Committee on Oversight in response to the current situation, nor can it be retroactively applied to the ongoing issue in Plainfield Township.”