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.

California

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • PERCENT OF PEOPLE SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE FLUORIDATED:
    2014:  63.7%
    201263.7% (38,041,430 people)
    200627.1% (9,881,390 people)
    200028.7%
    199215.7%
  • See the 2011 list of towns that became fluoridated since fluoridation was mandatory.
  • See the CDC’s list of communities, fluoridated and non-fluoridated
  • To learn if your town was fluoridated prior to 1990, and which fluoridation chemical it uses, click here.

water fluoridation accidents:

  • JUNE 2002 – Dublin: Malfunction with fluoridation equipment produces fluoride levels as high as 200 ppm at local business. 23 people are poisoned. The primary symptoms are stomach pain and vomiting. (SOURCE: Contra Costa Times 2002)
  • Marin County – October 26 – November 1, 1977.
    Fluoride feeder valve malfunctioned. Five communities received fluoride above “accepted” level for several days without notice to the public. The Ind. Jrnl. reported the water district staff justified distribution of the overdosed water on the grounds it was a drought year. See article discussing this accident

LATEST NEWS:

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

CALIFORNIA’S mandatory FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • Fluoridation is mandated for communities of 10,000 or more service connections (estimated 25,000 population).
    “Outside” funds must be found for purchase, installation, and operations of the fluoridation system.
    The law does not address water supply wholesalers. The law sets a MCL of 2.0 mg/L. California’s law cannot be enforced unless “outside” funds are made available to the community for purchase, installation, and operation of the fluoridation system.
  • Read California’s Health & Safety Code on the fluoridation of drinking water.
    § 116409§ 116410§ 116415

OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

FRACKING in the state includes the use of hydrofluoric acid. See the many news reports on this, reading the California posts, at http://fluoridealert.org/news/?industry=fracking. “…In the Monterey Shale…oil companies are using larger amounts of hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids to open tiny channels in the rock around each well. Those channels allow oil trapped within the rock to flow into the well… Read more, Acidizing could rival fracking in Monterey Shale

December 1997. Public Health Goal for Fluoride in Drinking Water. Prepared by Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Section, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency.

The California Dental Association (CDA) announced in 2010 that the American Dental Association gave it $200,000 to work against the placement of ‘fluoride and its salts’ on the California List of Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity. This list is commonly known as Prop 65.

2007 Fluoride in Southern California Tap Water Will Put 64,000 Kids at Risk – Environmental Working Group Report.

1974 – Stringfellow Quarry has been operated as an industrial waste disposal site near Glen Avon in Riverside county since 1956. Wastes that are acceptable to be dumped there include: Ammonium bifluoride, Hydrofluoric acid, and Sodium fluosilicate.

industrial

 

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN California:

If you live in CA and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Patty Brooks, FAN’s California state coordinator.

California COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Community Population Date
Hoopa Valley (Humboldt County) November 21, 2013
Cotati (Sonoma County) 7,300 November 12, 2013
Davis 66,000 October 1, 2013
Olivehurst 14,000 February 22, 2013
Plumas Lake
(affected by decision of the Olivehurt Public Utility)
6,000 February 22, 2013
Crescent City 14,000 November 6, 2012
Napa 78,000 August 17, 2010
Manila, Humboldt County 784 February 2008
Mammoth Lakes 7,500 November 8, 2005
Redding 88,000 November 5, 2002
Watsonville 50,000 November 5, 2002
Modesto 202,751
(as of 2011)
November 7, 2001
Woodside 5,351
(as of 2011)
September 2000
Santa Barbara 89,045
(as of 2011)
November 23, 1999
El Carjon 100,928
(as of 2011)
April 27, 1999
Helix Water District April 7, 1999
Lakeside Water District April 7, 1999
Riverview Water District March 24, 1999
La Mesa 57,907
(as of 2011)
March 9, 1999
Santa Cruz 60,342
(as of 2011)
March 4, 1999 … banned
Suisun City 28,330
(as of 2011)
May 1, 1997
Redwood Valley 1,729
(as of 2010)
February 6, 1993
Los Altos Hills 8,046
(as of 2011)
1993
Davis 66,016
(as of 2011)
December 14, 1990… 5th rejection
Morgan Hill 38,477
(as of 2011)
March 7, 1990… quit

CALIFORNIA WATER SYSTEMS WITH HIGH FLUORIDE LEVELS:

Water System County Population Size Fluoride Level (ppm)
Armona CSD NA 3,130 1.8
Lakeland WC NA 500 3.5
Riverdale PUD Fresno 2,211 1.7
Information from CDC’s Fluoridation Census published in 1993.See also USGS report released in 2013 of high fluoride levels in the aquifers: Groundwater Quality in Coachella Valley, California

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN CALIFORNIA:

In 2008, California ranked #45 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (26,509 pounds). The following data comes from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). “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.

2008 Total Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
16,520 Hazardous Waste/
Solvent Recovery
CHEMICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT INC. 35251 OLD SKYLINE RD, KETTLEMAN CITY, California 93239 (KINGS)
2,395 Coal-fired power plant ACE COGENERATION FACILITY. 12801 MARIPOSA ST, TRONA, California 93652 (SAN BERNARDINO)
1,661 Transportation Equipment DUCOMMUN AEROSTRUCTURES. 4001 EL MIRAGE RD, ADELANTO, California 92301 (SAN BERNARDINO)
1,444 Transportation Equipment GKN AEROSPACE CHEM-TRONICS INC. 1150 W BRADLEY AVE, EL CAJON, California 92020 (SAN DIEGO)
1,247 Computers/Electronics NEWPORT FAB LLC (DBA JAZZ SEMICONDUCTOR). 4321 JAMBOREE RD, NEWPORT BEACH, California 92660 (ORANGE)
631 Computers/Electronics INTERNATIONAL RECTIFIER CORP. 41915 BUSINESS PARK DR, TEMECULA, California 92590 (RIVERSIDE)
500 Chemicals GENERAL CHEMICAL WEST BAY POINT WORKS. 501 NICHOLS RD, PITTSBURG, California 94565 (CONTRA COSTA)
500 Chemical Wholesalers HIGH TECHNOLOGY PACKAGING OAKLAND. 860-81ST AVE, OAKLAND, California 94621 (ALAMEDA)
500 Computers/Electronics VOLTAGE MULTIPLIERS INC. 8711 W ROOSEVELT AVE, VISALIA, California 93291 (TULARE)
263 Computers/Electronics SYSTRON DONNER. 2700 SYSTRON DR, CONCORD, California 94518 (CONTRA COSTA)
255 Computers/Electronics LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORP. 275 S HILLVIEW DR, MILPITAS, California 95035 (SANTA CLARA)
172 Fabricated Metals BALL METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER CORP. 500 CRENSHAW BLVD, TORRANCE, California 90503 (LOS ANGELES)
127 Computers/Electronics INTEL CORP D2 FACILITY. 2200 MISSION COLLEGE BLVD, SANTA CLARA, California 95054 (SANTA CLARA)
85 Computers/Electronics SPANSION LLC. 915 DEGUIGNE DR, SUNNYVALE, California 94085 (SANTA CLARA)
73 Chemicals ULTRAMAR INC WILMINGTON REFINERY. 2402 E ANAHEIM ST, WILMINGTON, California 90744 (LOS ANGELES)
27 Petroleum EXXONMOBIL OIL CORP – TORRANCE REFINERY. 3700 W 190TH ST, TORRANCE, California 90509 (LOS ANGELES)
27 Primary Metals PRECISION SPECIALTY METALS INC. 3301 MEDFORD ST, LOS ANGELES, California 90063 (LOS ANGELES)  25
25 Fabricated Metals REXAM BEVERAGE CAN CO CHATSWORTH FACILITY. 20730 PRAIRIE ST, CHATSWORTH, California 91311 (LOS ANGELES)
17 Computers/Electronics MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS INC. 3725 N FIRST ST, SAN JOSE, California 95134 (SANTA CLARA)
11 Fabricated Metals REXAM BEVERAGE CAN CO FAIRFIELD PLANT. 2433 CROCKER CIR, FAIRFIELD, California 94533 (SOLANO)
9 Chemicals DOW CHEMICAL CO. 901 LOVERIDGE RD, PITTSBURG, California 94565 (CONTRA COSTA)
6 Fabricated Metals METAL CONTAINER CORP – MIRA LOMA CAN PLANT. 10980 INLAND AVE, MIRA LOMA, California 91752 (RIVERSIDE)
5 Computers/Electronics MICREL SEMICONDUCTOR. 1849 FORTUNE DR, SAN JOSE, California 95131 (SANTA CLARA)
5 Computers/Electronics NEC ELECTRONICS AMERICA INC. 7501 FOOTHILLS BLVD, ROSEVILLE, California 95747 (PLACER)
2 Hazardous Waste/Solvent Recovery CLEAN HARBORS SAN JOSE LLC. 1021 BERRYESSA RD, SAN JOSE, California 95133 (SANTA CLARA)
2 Transportation Equipment ROHR INC DBAGOODRICH AEROSTRUCTURES GROUP. 850 LAGOON DR MAIL ZONE 1-C, CHULA VISTA, California 91910 (SAN DIEGO)

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