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EPA Denies Anti-Fluoride Petition

The EPA rejected a petition in August 2013 seeking to ban a form of fluoride that is commonly used to fluoridate drinking water, noting that petitioners lacked “sufficient facts” to support their case.

Tennessee Law Requires Public Notice

A Tennessee law enacted in 2012 requires local water systems to provide a minimum period of public notification before ceasing or starting fluoridation.

Georgia :: Proposed Legislation

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The Georgia house has proposed legilsation (House Bill 129) to allow local communities and townships to determine water fluoridation levels.  As of March 9, 2015, the House has not taken action since January 29, 2015 on this issue.

See https://legiscan.com/GA/bill/HB129/2015.  

(Last Updated Mar. 9, 2015)

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Florida :: Local Authority :: Boynton Beach

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The city of Boynton Beach, FL has decided to cease its water fluroidation program when supplies run out in March 2015.  The letter from the city's Director of Utilities cited the great expense of updating and maintaining the infrastructure to continue to program as the primary reason for shutting down the program.  See Alex Seltzer, Boynton to Stop Putting Fluoride in City's Drinking WaterPalm Beach Post, Feb. 20, 2015, http://spbc.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/02/20/boynton-to-stop-putting-fl....

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FOLI V. METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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Foli v. Metro. Water Dist. of S. Cal.
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No. 13-55302, 2015 WL 691214 (9th Cir. Feb. 19, 2015).

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The Circuit Court affirmed the lower court's conclusion that water fluoridation does not violate any fundamental right as using the water system is option and the consumption of water is not invasive as to implicate the constitutional right to refuse treatment.  

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California :: Local Authority :: Sonoma

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The Sonoma city council has voted against including fluoride in the city's drinking supply.  One councilmember admitted that she voted against the measure due to ongoing research.  Water fluoridation would cost the city $587,000 per year.  

Sonoma City Council Votes Down Proposal To Add Fluoride To Drinking Water Supply, CBS San Francisco, March 3, 2015, http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/03/sonoma-city-council-votes-do... (last visted Mar. 9, 2015).   

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New Jersey :: Local Authority :: East Brunswick

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Mayor David Stahl announced that the city will not continue its water fluoridation process, citing language alluding to the "mass medication of the public."  Mayor Stahl also argued that bottled water and home filtering have rendered the $70,000 per year program ineffective. The township's Water Policy Advisory Council responded, recommending against the cessation of the policy 6-1.  http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/middlesex-county/2015/03... (last visited March 9, 2015).

As of March 26, 2015, the city has yet to decide whether to continue funding the program or not.  http://eb.gmnews.com/news/2015-03-26/Front_Page/Fluoride_debate_continue....

Last updated: June 19, 2015.

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New Jersey :: Proposed Legislation

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In March 2015, Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-NJ's 19th District) proposed a comprehensive water fluoridation plan for New Jersey.  Within twelve months of the bill's enactment, water fluoridation will be required in every public community water system.  The bill also empowers the Commissioner of Health and Senior Service (in conjunction with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection) to promulgate rules regarding fluoridation and water testing. While the pertinent section is below, the full proposed bill may be found at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S1500/1180_I1.PDF.  

(Last updated March 9, 2015)

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Missouri :: Ordinance :: Sullivan

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Sullivan's City Council passed Ordiance 3667, eliminating the city's fluoridation requirement, repealing Sullivan Code 705.050. 

See also James B. Bartle, Fluoridation Repealed In Sullivan, Three Ordinances Approved, Sullivan Independent News (June 2, 2015), available at http://www.mysullivannews.com/2015/06/fluoridation-repealed-in-sullivan-....

 

Last updated: June 19, 2015.  

 

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Michigan :: Ordinance :: West Branch

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On June 1, 2015, West Branch City Counsel voted 6-1 to increase water fluoridation levels to the state and Federal recommended 0.7 ppm. See Matt Varcak, "City votes to increase level of fluoride in the water," Ogemaw County Herald (June 1, 2015), available at http://www.ogemawherald.com/stories/City-votes-to-increase-level-of-fluoride-in-water,101683.   

 

Last updated June 19, 2015.

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New York :: Administrative Code

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The additions to the New York Public Health Code prevent jurisdictions already participating in water fluoridation from ceasing their program without first providing a notice to the public and a ninety-day comment period.

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NY PUB HEALTH § 1100–a

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West Virginia :: Local Authority :: Clarksburg

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Clarksburg, WV has voted to take bids for all of its water treatment chemicals save for fluoride, essentially ending water fluoridation in the jurisdiction.  See http://wvmetronews.com/2015/05/11/clarksburg-water-board-votes-to-end-practice-of-fluoridation/.  The Water Board has decided to continue to discuss the issue even after not voting to fund any fluoride contracts. See http://www.theet.com/news/local/water-board-to-resume-discussions-about-fluoride/article_4000700a-30b8-5d34-a8db-bb29463c472c.html

Last Updated: May 19, 2015

Michigan :: Ogemaw County :: Consideration

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The West Branch (Michigan) city counsel will consider whether to add fluoride to its water supply in the near future.  See http://ogemawherald.com/stories/City-to-consider-adding-additional-fluor....

 

Last updated: April 10, 2015.  

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