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.

Massachusetts

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • 59.1% of Massachusetts’ 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.

water fluoridation accidents:

  • AUGUST 2000 – Wakefield: Error with fluoridation equipment leads to fluoride levels as high as 23 ppm. Local health officials claim no one is affected, however news reports interview at least one resident with diarrhea and dizziness. (SOURCE: Boston Herald, 2000)

LATEST NEWS:

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

Massachusetts’ FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • The State of Massachusetts does not mandate fluoridation.  Local governments control fluoridation policy in MA.  State law enables a community through a Board of Health order to implement fluoridation.  Implementation of fluoridation is?subject to a 90-day waiting period during which a petition for referendum may be filed opposing the practice.  City governments and citizens can discontinue fluoridation by a referendum vote.  To learn more about these laws, click here.

Of Special Interest:

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN Massachusetts:

If you live in MA and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Mike Dolan, FAN’s Massachusetts state coordinator.

Massachusetts COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Community Population Date
 Amesbury 16,500 November 8, 2011
 Littleton 8,900 May 10, 2008
 Yarmouth 25,000 May 6, 2008
 Methuen 47,000 November 5, 2002
 Plainville 7,683 April 1, 2002
 Worcester 181,631
(as of 2011)
November 7, 2001
 Brewster 10,094 May 15, 2001
 Wilmington 21,363 February 15, 2000
 Barnstable (Cape Cod) 47,821 November 4, 1993

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN MASSACHUSETTS:

In 2008, Massachusetts ranked #38 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (187,516 pounds) into the environment. 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 Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
68,216 Coal-fired power plant DOMINION ENERGY BRAYTON POINT LLC. BRAYTON POINT RD, SOMERSET, Massachusetts 02726 (BRISTOL)
66,000 Coal-fired power plant MOUNT TOM GENERATING CO LLC. 200 NORTHAMPTON ST, HOLYOKE, Massachusetts 01040 (HAMPDEN)
42,914 Computers/Electronics EVERGREEN SOLAR INC. 112 BARNUM RD, DEVENS, Massachusetts 01434 (MIDDLESEX)
3,369 Fabricated Metals SOMERSET POWER LLC. 1606 RIVERSIDE AVE, SOMERSET, Massachusetts 02726 (BRISTOL)
1,967 Computers/Electronics WYMAN-GORDON CO. 244 WORCESTER ST BOX 8001, NORTH GRAFTON, Massachusetts 01536 (WORCESTER)
276 Computers/Electronics ANALOG DEVICES INC/WILMINGTON MANUFACTURING. 804 WOBURN ST, WILMINGTON, Massachusetts 01887 (MIDDLESEX)
74 Computers/Electronics SCHOTT SOLAR INC. 4 SUBURBAN PARK DR, BILLERICA, Massachusetts 01821 (MIDDLESEX)

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