Denver, CO — The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced a new technical session, Fluoride and Public Health – Science, Safety, and Communication to be held at the 2011 Utility Management Conference, on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently released the results of new scientific assessments related to community water fluoridation. HHS has proposed changing the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water to the lower end of the current optimal range. As a result of these findings, USEPA announced it is initiating a review of the maximum level of fluoride allowed in drinking water. Panel members will discuss these changes and provide considerations about effectively communicating difficult public health issues to consumers.
Session speakers will include individuals from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Lisa Ragain of Aqua Vitae who will speak on environmental risk communication and strategies. Additional information on The Utility Management Conference and registration details are available at www.awwa.org/conferences.