Health advocacy groups are trying a new tack in their effort to ban fluoridation of drinking water, petitioning EPA to use its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to ban the longstanding practice — introduced in the 1940s to promote dental health – because it poses neurotoxicity risks.
“EPA should exercise its authority under TSCA to prohibit fluoridation additives because application of the Agency’s own Guidelines for Neurotoxicity Risk Assessment to the existing database on fluoride shows that . . . neurotoxicity is a hazard of fluoride exposure,” says the petition, filed recently by groups including the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Food and Water Watch and the Fluoride Action Network.
It adds that TSCA allows a “more targeted” ban than under federal drinking water law…
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