ART VAN SPORTS COMPLEX WATER DEEMED SAFE

CONTACT: Mike Guswiler, (616)608-1850, mguswiler@westmisports.com

ART VAN SPORTS COMPLEX WATER DEEMED SAFE, ACCORDING TO RESULTS OF VOLUNTARY TEST COMMISSIONED BY WEST MICHIGAN SPORTS COMMISSION *(revised to indicate analysis result below EPA levels or non-detected)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 19, 2018 – The nonprofit West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC), who owns and manages the Art Van Sports Complex (AVSC) at 3300 10 Mile Rd. NE in Plainfield Township, today announced that its water is considered safe from Perflourinated Sulfonic Acid (PFAS/PFOA/PFOS) contaminants. A recent water analysis of its ballfield irrigation water that comes from two wells on the complex property has shown that any concentrations of PFOS and PFOA are below the health advisory levels established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) or below the detection limits of the analysis method.

The WMSC voluntarily hired and paid for environmental engineering firm Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. (FTCH) to conduct a water quality analysis of the Art Van Sports Complex irrigation pond Dec. 28, 2017, after learning about potential contamination of groundwater at Kent County Department of Public Works property adjacent to the complex property. ALS Global Laboratory analyzed the irrigation water sample on behalf of FTCH Feb. 1, and the primary findings of the test indicated that any concentrations of PFOS and PFOA chemicals are below the detection limits of the analysis method.

“While the WMSC never received any indication of water contamination, we wanted to initiate our own study to ensure that all water at the Art Van Sports Complex is safe for our patrons,” said Mike Guswiler, president. “We hope these findings reassure our athletes and their families who enjoy this complex that this is a safe environment to play ball.”

Separate from the wells that supply strictly irrigation water for the ballfields, the Art Van Sports Complex sources water from the Plainfield Township Water Treatment Plant for drinking fountains, concessions and bathrooms. While Plainfield Township’s water was deemed safe (PFAS sampling at 6.8ppt based on DEQ safe limit of 70ppt) in its most recent test, the township is in the process of putting in place a granular-activated carbon filter at its water treatment facility, which is intended to completely remove any PFAS levels. The filter should be in place before the first tournament of the season at the Art Van Sports Complex.

“We appreciate Plainfield Township taking this proactive and voluntary step to remove all levels of PFAS in the drinking water that sources the AVSC and the surrounding area,” said Guswiler. “We want to give our guests every confidence that they will have a safe and positive experience at the AVSC.”

The WMSC will post updated information on this issue at www.westmisports.com/venues/art-van-complex.

Other related information can be found at the following sources:

• AccessKent.com/Health/PFAS/belmont.htm - Kent County Health Department

• PlainfieldMi.org/water - Plainfield Township Water Department • Michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-tou-OER-BelmontGW_FAQ_605164_7.pdf - MDEQ Fact Sheet

• Wolverineworldwide.com/about-us/environment/ - environment page of corporate site

• WeareWolverine.com - Wolverine Worldwide blog about contamination issue

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About the West Michigan Sports Commission The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to make a positive impact on the region’s economy and quality of life. Celebrating 10 years since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked 646 sporting events and tournaments that attracted more than 1 million athletes and visitors, generating $297 million in direct visitor spending. For more information, visit westmisports.com.

About the Art Van Sports Complex A flagship project of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Art Van Sports Complex is a championship-caliber baseball/softball complex in Plainfield Township featuring eight baseball and softball fields, including the 1,000-seat Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation Championship Field; Nate Hurwitz Miracle League Field for children with disabilities; warm-up areas, restrooms, concessions and maintenance building; and parking for more than 400 vehicles. Visit artvansportscomplex.com for more information.

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