The two cities in Clallam County that fluoridate their water are joining legal forces in a fight to continue the process.
The cities of Port Angeles and Forks say they will combine legal efforts to address a new lawsuit seeking to stop the addition of fluoride to the water systems.
The two cities will also be joined by the Washington Dental Services Foundation. The non-profit organization has an interest in the lawsuit because the outcome could affect other fluoridation programs in Washington state.
Fluoridation opponents filed suit April 28, in Clallam County. Protect the Peninsula’s Future and Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water say the addition of fluoride doesn’t meet state criteria for drinking water. The suit claims the type of fluoride being used has not been officially approved by the state for that type of use. The group filed once before on a similar lawsuit that fluoride didn’t meet federal requirements.
The cities and dental foundation will share in the cost of a single, combined defense of the latest suit. However, the commitment of each city is limited to $8,500.
Forks has been fluoridating its water since 1950’s. Port Angeles began water fluoridation in 2006.