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Published 7/7/2020
10:01am

District Candidate's Environmental Campaign Event to feature PFAS activist, Tony Spaniola

Tony Spaniola, son of Bus Spaniola - former Democratic State Rep for our District, will join us to talk about the need to take action on PFAS contamination

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The campaign to elect Andrea Kelly Garrison has announced that Tony Spaniola will speak on the July 11th noon “Pivot Party- Discussion on issues of our Environment.” Tony is the son of Francis “Bus” Spaniola, former Dem Rep for our area and longest serving State Rep in Michigan History.

Tony has a compelling story to tell on his discovery of the PFAS in his own drinking water. But, Tony has not stopped with helping his lake area. More than 400 towns contaminated. Millions of Americans affected. The largest-known polluter of chemicals that are nearly indestructible.

Tony found a partner in Producer Sara Ganim, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State. Tony consulted heavily on the winning film "No Defense" Best Documentary Feature at the Festigious Film Festival in Los Angeles on 7/6/20 and partly filmed in Corunna, MI.

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PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl substances, are a family of chemicals that have been found across the state, including in Oscoda, and are linked to health problems including cancer. Spaniola is trying to ask for the Air Force to conduct clean up efforts of PFAs in Oscoda, home of the former Wurtsmith Air Force base is the primary source of PFAS contaminants in the local water.

Tony is also featured heavily in a CNBC documentary.

While Michigan has a PFAS Action Response team that is studying the effects and doing press release warnings, there is no urgency, no governmental help to fix the contamination, a release from the campaign says.

"If you are thinking that this isn't affecting our district, think again."

Ask Francis “Bus” Spaniola, a former state representative from Corunna, who successfully pushed for regulations lowering the amount of polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB, allowed in Michigan meat and dairy products following the infamous 1970s statewide chemical poisoning.

Today, Spaniola sees parallels in the pushback against proposed regulations to reduce exposure to PFAS from business groups, utilities and Republicans, who are blocking a Democrat-sponsored bill to establish a state drinking water standard of 5 parts-per-trillion (ppt).

“Nothing has changed. It’s the same old story,” said Spaniola, 83, who served in the state House from 1974 to 1990. “People don’t want to admit it’s a problem.”

Andrea Kelly Garrison, District 85’s new Democratic Candidate for State Rep is holding a 2 hour open forum via Zoom; Environmental priorities exist in Michigan and our district and the State Legislature can assist.

The event is free and you can get the link to attend by registering on the campaign website at pivotback.com or on Facebook.

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