ROCKFORD, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – If approved by a judge, footwear manufacturer Wolverine Worldwide and industrial company 3M will pay $54 million to Michigan property owners harmed by PFAS contamination.

The settlement in the class action lawsuit stems from a pollution discovery five years ago.

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Pending the judge’s approval, the $54 million would be divided among roughly 1,700 residences in the Rockford and Belmont areas of Kent County. That amounts to around $32,000 per household.

A settlement agreement filed on September 15 in U.S. District Court in Lansing states Wolverine once dumped PFAS-laden tannery waste into the ground, which later seeped into the water supply of nearby homes. PFAS are often described as “forever chemicals.”

The case centered around property claims, such as loss of value, and excluded personal injury and medical mentoring claims which are often part of contamination lawsuits.

In addition, this particular case excluded about 275 individual plaintiffs who separately sued Wolverine and 3M in Kent County Circuit Court. Those cases were settled earlier this year.