Fluoride Action Network

State Fluoride Database

Read the latest fluoride news from your state; find out if your town is fluoridated, see if any communities have recently rejected fluoridation, learn if your state has a law that mandates fluoridation, and other fluoride-related information.

Alabama

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • 82.9% of Alabama’s public water supplies are fluoridated.
  • To see if your town is fluoridated, click here.
  • To learn when your town was fluoridated, and which fluoridation chemical it uses, click here.

LATEST NEWS:

  • To see the latest news on fluoride developments in Alabama, click here.
  • To see an updated list of Alabama professionals calling for an end to fluoridation, click here.

Alabama’s FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • The State of Alabama does not mandate fluoridation, or have any statutes regulating the additive.  The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is the regulatory agency, which provides monitoring, guidance, technical assistance, and promotion of fluoridation.  Local governments control fluoridation policy in AL.  City councils can begin or discontinue fluoridation at their discretion, or by a referendum vote.  If a community began fluoridation with a referendum vote, then they must also hold a referendum to discontinue the practice.  Every community’s fluoridation ordinance is unique.  To learn more about these fluoridation ordinances, click here.

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN ALABAMA:

If you live in AL and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Stuart Cooper, FAN’s campaign coordinator.

ALABAMA COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Community Population Date
Red Bay 3,177 September 15, 2010
Columbiana 4,259 May 2003

Alabama Water Systems with High Fluoride Levels:

Water System County Population Size Fluoride Level (ppm)
Linden Marengo 3,344 3.6
South Marengo Marengo 1,983 3.6
Pine Apple Wilcox 426 1.9
Sellers Station Montgomery 1,500 2.2
Information from CDC’s Fluoridation Census published in 1993.

Fluoride Pollution Sources in Alabama:

In 2008, Alabama ranked 5th out of 48 states for Hydrogen fluoride emissions (3,180,753 pounds) and was the top emitter of Fluorine emissions (37,994 pounds) into the environment. In 2010, Alabama industries emitted 1,368,29 pounds of Hydrogen Fluoride and 16,354 pounds of Fluorine. The following data comes from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) for Hydrogen Fluoride and Fluorine releases. “Total releases” includes both water and air pollution. It’s important to note, however, that not all industries or sources that release fluoride into the environment are included in the TRI.

2010
Releases
(in pounds)
2008
Releases
(in pounds)                      
Type of Industry                              Name of Industry                             
260,000 660,000 Coal-fired power plant GASTON STEAM PLANT. HWY 25, WILSONVILLE, Alabama 35186 (SHELBY)
220,000 600,000 Coal-fired power plant MILLER STEAM PLANT. 4250 PORTER RD, QUINTON, Alabama 35130 (JEFFERSON)
170,000 470,000 Coal-fired power plant BARRY STEAM PLANT. US HWY 43, BUCKS, Alabama 36512 (MOBILE)
340,000 460,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA COLBERT FOSSIL PLANT. 900 COLBERT STEAM PLANT RD, TUSCUMBIA, Alabama 35674 (COLBERT)
61,000 280,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA WIDOWS CREEK FOSSIL PLANT. 2800 STEAM PLANT RD, STEVENSON, Alabama 35772 (JACKSON)
140,000 200,000 Coal-fired power plant ALABAMA POWER CO GREENE COUNTY STEAM PLANT. HWY 43 & COUNTY RD 18, FORKLAND, Alabama 36740 (GREENE)
NA 113,192 Stone/Clay/Glass BORAL BRICKS INC – BESSEMER PLANT 6. HOPEWELL RD, BESSEMER, Alabama 35021 (JEFFERSON)
47,000 90,000 Coal-fired power plant GORGAS STEAM PLANT. 460 GORGAS RD, PARRISH, Alabama 35580 (WALKER)
59,917 53,960 Stone/Clay/Glass MONARCH CERAMIC TILE INC. 834 RICKWOOD RD, FLORENCE, Alabama 35630 (LAUDERDALE)
 45,194 42,272 Chemicals ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS LLC – DECATUR PLANT. 1050 CHEMSTRAND AVE, DECATUR, Alabama 35601 (MORGAN)
- 40,010 Stone/Clay/Glass BORAL BRICKS INC PHENIX CITY PLANT 4. 1501 BRICKYARD RD, PHENIX CITY, Alabama 36869 (RUSSELL)
- 38,686 Stone/Clay/Glass BORAL BRICKS INC BESSEMER PLANT 5. VULCAN RD, BESSEMER, Alabama 35022 (JEFFERSON)
- 38,000 Coal-fired power plant GADSDEN STEAM PLANT. 1000 GOODYEAR AVE, GADSDEN, Alabama 35903 (ETOWAH)
16,354 37,994               FLUORINE RELEASES                              WISE ALLOYS LLC – ALLOYS PLANT. 4805 SECOND ST, MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama 35661 (COLBERT)
- 28,467 Stone/Clay/Glass DAL-TILE CORP FAYETTE PLANT. 1470 COUNTY RD 21 S, FAYETTE, Alabama 35555 (FAYETTE)
- 28,333 Paper ABITIBIBOWATER INC COOSA PINES OPERATIONS. 17589 PLANT RD, COOSA PINES, Alabama 35044 (TALLADEGA)
11,000 27,000 Coal-fired power plant CHARLES R LOWMAN POWER PLANT. 4392 CARSON RD, LEROY, Alabama 36548 (WASHINGTON)
7,800 7,800 Chemicals PEMCO. 100 PEMCO DR, LEESBURG, Alabama 35983 (CHEROKEE)
2,031 Stone/Clay/Glass JENKINS BRICK MONTGOMERY BRICK PLANT. 1228 N MCDONOUGH ST, MONTGOMERY ALABAMA 36104 (MONTGOMERY)
1,743 1,664 Chemicals MDA MANUFACTURING INC. 905 STATE DOCKS RD, DECATUR, Alabama 35601 (MORGAN)
1,000 Iron and Steel Mills THYSSENKRUPP STAINLESS USA LLC. 1 THYSSENKRUPP DR, CALVERT ALABAMA 36513 (MOBILE)
546 547 Chemicals DAIKIN AMERICA INC. 905 STATE DOCKS RD, DECATUR, Alabama 35601 (MORGAN)
784 434 Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturing WISE ALLOYS LLC – ALLOYS PLANT. 4805 SECOND ST, MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama 35661 (COLBERT)
(See also above under FLUORINE RELEASES)
155 233 Stone/Clay/Glass HENRY BRICK CO. 3409 WATER AVE, SELMA, Alabama 36701 (DALLAS)
118 151 Primary Metals MITSUBISHI POLYCRYSTALLINE SILICON AMERICAN CORP. 7800 MITSUBISHI LN, THEODORE, Alabama 36582 (MOBILE)
4 4 Primary Metals WAH CHANG ALABAMA. 7400 HWY 20 W, HUNTSVILLE, Alabama 35806 (MADISON)

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