by Associated Press and KGW staff
Aug. 21, 2013
Woodland to stop fluoridating water
LONGVIEW, Wash. -- The city council of Woodland, Wash., has decided to stop fluoridating the city's water.
The council voted 6-1 Monday night to remove the additive from the water supply.
Even if fluoridation prevents tooth decay, councilman John Burke said the city shouldn't make a medical decision for citizens without their consent.
"I did a lot of research on it and I feel it's a chemical we're putting in people's bodies without their permission," Burke told KGW.
But Al Swindell, the lone 'no' voter on the council, said fluoride isn't harmful. He said the anti-fluoride sentiment was just a trend that carried over from Portland.
"Then it seemed to migrate across the river and then it seemed everyone was really interested that we had fluoride in our water," he said. "But we've had it in the water for 30 or 40 years."
The county halted fluoridation on Tuesday but it will take a few days before all the treated water flows through the system.
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"Ending the fluoridation program in Woodland will also result in taxpayer savings of up to $5,000 per year, which is what the city used to spend to truck in the industrial waste and dump it into the water. Contrary to popular myth, the fluoride chemicals added to public water supplies are not natural but rather are derived from industrial processing byproducts, which typically also contain lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, radionuclides and other poisonous compounds..."