Erin Brockovich to head to Michigan for waste dumping lawsuit 

click image Erin Brockovich. - GAGE SKIDMORE, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons
  • Erin Brockovich.

Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich is heading to Michigan as part of a class action lawsuit against three corporations for toxic dumping.

The suit, filed in federal court last week, alleges that Wolverine Worldwide, 3M Corporation, and Waste Management, Inc. dumped toxic waste at various sites in Kent County and seeks "immediate blood testing, monitoring, and damages for residents who have been harmed by the pollution," according to a press release.



The waste contains substances known as perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyls, which have been linked to cancer and other developmental problems. MLive reports that the substances appeared in a 3M product used for decades to make shoes at Wolverine's former tannery.

Brockovich is expected to attend a community meeting on Dec. 11 to discuss the litigation and answer questions, exact date and time to be announced.
"The scope of this contamination is alarming, and thousands in Kent County are now faced with unsafe drinking water and increased health risks," Brockovich says in the statement. "This lawsuit puts these corporations on notice that they will be held accountable for their actions and should make it clear to other corporate polluters that they can't get away with poisoning our water."

Previously, Brockovich has spoken out against Michigan officials during the Flint water crisis.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 24, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation