CITY REDUCES LEVEL OF FLUORIDATION
Posted February 3, 2011 - The City of Port Angeles has reduced the level of fluoride from 1 part per million to .08.
The reduction meets the Washington State Department of Health's new recommendation level.
Cities To Combine Efforts In Defense Of Water Fluoridation -
Opponents File Third Lawsuit
Posted May 20, 2011 - The cities of Port Angeles and Forks will combine their efforts in a single defense of a recent lawsuit that aims to stop fluoridation of municipal water supplies on the North Olympic Peninsula.
The two cities will be joined by the Washington Dental Services Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving oral health in Washington State. WDS Foundation has an interest in the lawsuit because the outcome could, potentially, affect other fluoridation programs in Washington state. The three entities will share in the cost of a single, combined defense. However, the commitment of each city is limited to $8,500.
Port Angeles City Attorney Bill Bloor and City Manager Kent Myers cite several benefits that will be derived from this arrangement:
It avoids duplication of effort. The issues raised in the lawsuit with regard to Port Angeles and Forks are the same. There is no reason why the legal staff of each city should separately and independently research and develop its defense.
Putting a cap on the monetary commitment of each city and combining efforts will reduce the total cost to each city below that would be incurred if each city prepared a separate defense.
The addition of WDS Foundation to the defense opens the door to technical expertise that is not available on the staff of either city.
Forks has been fluoridating its water since 1950's. Port Angeles began water fluoridation in 2006. More than 60 percent of residents in Washington receive the health benefits of water fluoridation.
The lawsuit was filed on April 28, in Clallam County Superior Court by fluoridation opponents. Their two previous lawsuits were rejected by the courts. All Clallam County judges have recused themselves, and so the case will be heard in Jefferson County. The cities have not yet filed answers to the complaint.
Important Notice Regarding Water Fluoridation
As of May 18, 2006, the City of Port Angeles has been fluoridating the public water supply. After that date, anyone who drinks water provided by the City of Port Angeles will be receiving fluoridated water.
If your child is taking fluoride supplements, either tablets or drops, or if you have other health concerns, you are encouraged to contact your health care professional to determine the proper course of action.
An informational brochure is available below:
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If you are unsure you are receiving water from the City of Port Angeles please contact us at 417-4855 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, ask your physician, dentist or pharmacist.
For more information, contact: Clallam County Health Department
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