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“ROCKFORD, MI — A federal judge has approved a $69.5 million settlement in the lawsuit between the government and Wolverine World Wide to pay for public water extensions in areas affected by PFAS contamination.

Judge Janet Neff with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan signed an order Wednesday, Feb. 19 that approves a consent decree between the Rockford global footwear company and state and local governments.

‘I am pleased that the Court acted so quickly to enter the Consent Decree – this enables a push for construction to begin this spring to bring relief to residents of North Kent County most heavily impacted by PFAS contamination from Wolverine,’ state Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a written statement.

‘At the public comment session I hosted in Rockford last week, residents made clear that getting work started to address the threats posed by PFAS contamination – real, tangible action – was the top priority. This settlement does that,’ she said…”