Fairbanks, Alaska, City Council Votes to Stop Fluoridating City Water
Task force found that water supply contains naturally occurring fluoride
The Fairbanks, Alaska, City Council last week voted to end the fluoridation of municipal water, following the recommendation of a special task force.
According to the Daily Journal, the council created the special task force to study fluoridation. It recommended that the city stop fluoridating water because it contains natural fluoride and adding more could result in adverse effects. Its recommendation goes against the American Dental Assn., the Alaska Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The task force’s study found that the water has a naturally occurring fluoride levels of 0.3 parts per million (ppm). The city was adding fluoride to raise the level to 0.7 ppm.
The council approved ending fluoridation with a 5-to-1 vote after an hour of public testimony, during which many said they were against fluoridation.