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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.

PROTECT THE PENINSULA'S FUTURE ET AL.,v. THE CITY OF PORT ANGELES ET AL.

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Protect the Peninsula's Future Et al. v. The City of Port Angeles Et al.
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Protect the Peninsula's Future, Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, and Eloise Kailin
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The City of Port Angeles and the City of Forks
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175 Wn. App. 201, 304 P.3d 914 (App. Div. 2 2013), Court Opinion (06/19/2013)

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2013
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The Court of Appeals of Washington, Division Two
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The Revised Code of Washington section 69.41.060, which allows search and seizure of imporper use of "legend drugs," does not create a private cause of action.  The Court affirmed the decision in Kaul that fluoride is not a drug under Washington state law and thus U.S. v. An Article of Drug... Bacto-Unidisk..., 394 U.S. 784 (1969) did not apply to the case.  

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California :: Local Authority :: Stockton

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The City of Stockton does not fluoridate drinking water, and there are no plans to fluoridate in the future.  

For additional information about the source and quality of the City of Stockton water supply, please visit the Municipal Utilities Department web page, or, call (209) 937-7031.

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Texas:: Local Authority:: Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi source water naturally contains about 0.3 to 0.4 parts per million and the City adds enough fluoride in our drinking water to amount to 0.7 parts per million.  The USEPA maximum contaminant level for fluoride is 4.0 parts per million.

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California:: Local Authority:: Santa Ana

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Beginning in October 2007, water that is received by the City of Santa Ana from MWD will have fluoride added to it. Our well water has a naturally occurring fluoride range level of 0.18 to 0.56 ppm. Water provided by MWD will have a fluoride level of 0.7 to 0.8 ppm. This plan was approved by the CDC and the California Department of Public Health. Additional information may be found by calling MWD’s Water Quality Information Hotline at 800-354-4420. You can also download a fact sheet at mwdh2o.com/fluoridation/ fluoridationfactsheet.pdf or visit ada.org/fluoride.aspx.

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Hawaii:: Local Authority:: Honolulu

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The Board of Water Supply, for the city of Honolulu, does not add fluoride to the municipal water supply.  

However, Federal regulations require that all military installations add both fluoride and chlorine to their water supplies regardless of water quality. 

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California :: Local Authority :: Anaheim

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Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in drinking water and food. Many water agencies throughout the world add fluoride to public water systems to improve dental health.

Anaheim’s water contains between 0.3 to 0.4 parts per million (ppm) of naturally occurring fluoride. One ppm is roughly equivalent to one drop in 10 gallons. Anaheim does not fluoridate its water supply.

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Georgia :: State Rules and Regulation

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Ga. Rules & Reg. 511-5-2-.01 (eff. Oct. 10, 2013)

Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies :

(1) Efficacy of Fluoridation:
(a) Dental decay is a disease of such magnitude that practically the entire population of Georgia suffers from it. No age group is immune and no social strata are exempt. Every major health organization in the state and nation advocates fluoridation of public water supplies as the most acceptable public health approach in reducing the tremendous backlog of this disease. The
medical, dental and public health professions in Georgia have repeatedly endorsed and even urged fluoridation through resolutions that are on file in the Department of Public Health.
(b) The Department strongly advocates community water fluoridation for preventing dental decay and for its beneficial effect on the general health of the public, and, in fulfilling its duty to the citizenry of the state, urges the immediate application of fluorides to all public water systems deficient in this element.
(c) For the most effective results in Georgia, the optimal concentration of fluorides in the
finished water should be maintained at 0.85 ppm. (0.85 of 1 part fluoride to one million parts of water) with a lower limit of 0.7 ppm. and an upper limit of 1.0 ppm. It is only through constantly maintaining the recommended average (0.85 ppm.) can the citizens expect maximum reduction
in tooth decay. Studies have shown proportionately reduced benefits when the fluoride concentration is maintained below the recommended average.
(2) Plans and Specifications:
(a) In order for a community to have the formal approval of the Department, the procedure must be carried out according to the Georgia Health Laws and Rules and Regulations.
(b) Duplicate plans and specifications covering the proposed fluoridation installation or installations, including all appurtenant devices, structures, laboratory equipment, storage and handling facilities, together with a report describing the fluoride compound to be used and the procedures to be followed in controlling the application of the chemical agent, shall be prepared by a Registered Engineer. The plan, specifications and report shall be submitted by the owner of the public water supply to the Department for review and approval.
(c) The Department will approve, disapprove or suggest changes or modifications to make
the plan acceptable, and will encourage corrections in public water supplies which are deficient in other major health protective features.
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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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