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Environmental Board recommends study of water fluoridation
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by Bill McCann
Led by an environmental activist and a dentist, opponents of treating
Sometimes considered a fringe group, fluoride opponents have appeared before the City Council and city advisory groups numerous times. Typically, they have been met with silence or indifference or both. But that was not the case at the Environmental Board.
The board voted unanimously to ask the City Council to appoint an independent advisory group to study the pros and cons of applying fluoride to
“Fluoride is one of the most toxic substances known,” said Neil Carman, a long-time environmental activist. It is a waste product derived from the production of fertilizer, he said. “This waste is sold as a product and put in our water supply.”
While Carman and other speakers appeared to pique the interest of board members, it was
“I know of no science that confirms that adding fluoride to the water has any benefit at all,” Cole said. “Systemically, it does nothing for the teeth.”
“This has been a great experience for everyone on the board,” said Vice Chair Rodney Ahart after hearing the anti-fluoride speakers. Ahart then made the motion for the creation of the third-party review group to study the use of fluoride in
Earlier, the board heard from Jane Burazer, assistant director of the water treatment program at the Austin Water Utility. Burazer told the board that
As to the argument that fluoride is a waste product, Burazer told In Fact Daily: “That depends on how you look at it. We think of it as a byproduct that must go through rigorous testing and pass quality standards before we will use it.”
A review of documents on the Internet shows a large amount of sometimes conflicting and confusing information on fluoridation. It also shows that controversy over fluoridation has swirled for decades. Fluoridation has been the focus of a number of court cases, but in most instances court decisions have supported the use of fluoridation by cities.
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