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.

New York

Water Fluoridation Status:

Water Fluoridation AccidentS:

  • Potsdam: September 10, 1981
    Cause of Accident: The diffuser, a plastic pipe that controls flow of fluoride into the water system broke off, allowing the entire contents of a drum of fluoride, ten times a normal “dose”, into the water supply. The diffuser was found outside the water treatment plant where it had been flushed by backwash.
    Results: Village residents were without potable water, and in a state of “water emergency” from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The village administrator said the biggest cost would be overtime pay for Public Works personnel. This would not include cost of investigation by State Health Dept. personnel.
    Source:  Courier-Freeman (8/18/81)
  • Syracuse: March 29, 1977
    Cause of Accident: 1,200 gallons of fluoride was accidentally pumped into Skaneateles Creek from a ruptured underground fluoride tank.
    Results: Within hours of the spill, hundreds of dead fish lined the banks of the creek. 1,900 previously stocked trout assumed dead.
    Source: Auburn Citizen

Latest News:

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

New york’s fluoridation law:

  • The State of New York does not mandate fluoridation.  Local governments control fluoridation policy in NY.  City councils can begin or discontinue fluoridation at their discretion, or by a referendum vote.  To learn more about these fluoridation laws, click here.

Of special interest:

  • Study: Relationship between municipal water fluoridation and preterm birth in Upstate New York. State University of New York (SUNY) researchers found more premature births in fluoridated than non-fluoridated upstate New York communities, according to a presentation made at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting on November 9, 2009, in Philadelphia. According to the study: “Domestic water fluoridation was associated with an increased risk of PTB [preterm birth]. This relationship was most pronounced among women in the lowest SES [socio-economic-status] groups (>10% poverty) and those of non-white racial origin,” according to Rachel Hart, et al. Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, SUNY School of Public Health. (See abstract)

Data on oral health:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN NEW YORK:

  • If you live in NY and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact FAN’s state coordinator, Carol Kopf at nyscof@aol.com

NEW YORK COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Date City County Population Detail
Nov 2012 Pulaski Oswego 2,367 Quit after 7 years
Nov 2012 Romulus Seneca 400
Oct 2012 Cassadaga Chautauqua 631 Proposal defeated
Oct 2012 Lily Dale Chautauqua Year-round pop = 275
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Visitors per year = 22,000
Proposal defeat in Cassadaga affected Lily Dale
May 2011 Naples Village Ontario 1,070
Dec 2009 Beacon Dutchess 15,000
Nov 2008 Corning Steuben 10,551 Proposal defeated
June 2008 Elba Genesee 2,370 Ended fluoridation
Feb 2008 Poughkeepsie Dutchess 29,654 Quit after 56 years
Aug 2007 Cobleskill Schoharie 4,536 Quit after 54 years
Nov 2006 Central Bridge Water System Schoharie
Nov 2005 Homer Cortland 3,248 Quit after 26 years
Feb 2003 Canton St. Lawrence 6,077 Quit after 27 years
Aug 2002 Oneida Madison 10,723 Proposal defeated
Nov 2000 Ithaca Tompkins 29,974 Proposal defeated
Nov 1999 Johnstown Fulton 8,438 Proposal defeated
May 1997 Amsterdam Montgomery 17,533 Proposal defeated
Nov 1997 Western Nassau County Nassau 28,000 Quit after 23 years
Feb 1996 Carle Place Nassau 5,130 Quit after 44 years
Dec 1994 Albany Albany 93,963 Proposal defeated
Aug 1991 Suffolk County Suffolk 1,512,224 Suffolk County Legislature rejected its Health Commissioner’s fluoridation plan.  Suffolk County, as a whole, was never fluoridated.
1983 Levittown Nassau 51,880 Quit after 29 years
1962 Riverhead Suffolk

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN NEW YORK:

In 2008, New York ranked #28 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (657,256 pounds). The state also released 20 pounds of Fluorine into the environment.
In 2010, New York ranked out of states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (411,239 pounds). The state also released 32 pounds of Fluorine into the environment.
In 2011, New York ranked out of states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (388,310 pounds). The state also released 18 pounds of Fluorine 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
HYDROGEN FLUORIDE
Releases
(in pounds)
2010
HYDROGEN
FLUORIDE

Releases
(in pounds)
2011
HYDROGEN
FLUORIDE

Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
160,459 58,000 Coal-fired power plant DANSKAMMER GENERATING FACILITY. 994 RIVER RD, NEWBURGH, New York 12550 (ORANGE)
102,000 113,979 Aluminum ALCOA INC. PARK AVE E, MASSENA, New York 13662 (ST LAWRENCE)
99,900 90,270 Aluminum REYNOLDS METALS CO ST LAWRENCE REDUCTION PLANT. 194 COUNTY RT 45, MASSENA, New York 13662 (ST LAWRENCE)
88,000 47,000 Coal-fired power plant DUNKIRK STEAM STATION. 106 POINT DR N, DUNKIRK, New York 14048 (CHAUTAUQUA)
73,893 52,086 Chemicals EASTMAN KODAK CO EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK. 1669 LAKE AVE, ROCHESTER, New York 14652 (MONROE)
57,000 33,000 Coal-fired power plant HUNTLEY GENERATING STATION. 3500 RIVER RD, TONAWANDA, New York 14150 (ERIE)
49,429 6 Coal-fired power plant AES WESTOVER. 720 RIVERSIDE DR, JOHNSON CITY, New York 13790 (BROOME)
41,062 833 Transportation: Aircraft Engine /Engine Parts Manufacturing TECT UTICA. 2 HALSEY RD, WHITESBORO, New York 13492 (ONEIDA)
14,913 11,272 Coal-fired power plant AES SOMERSET LLC. 7725 LAKE RD, BARKER, New York 14012 (NIAGARA)
6,156 1,161 Coal-fired power plant AES-CAYUGA LLC. 228 CAYUGA DR, LANSING, New York 14882 (TOMPKINS)
1,900 - Computers/Electronics NXP SEMICONDUCTORS. HUDSON VALLEY RESEARCH PARK 2070 RT 52, HOPEWELL JUNCTION, New York 12533 (DUTCHESS)
1,700 2,600 Computers/Electronics IBM CORP. E FISHKILL FACILITY 2070 RT 52, HOPEWELL JUNCTION, New York 12533 (DUTCHESS)
500 500 Primary Metals DUNKIRK SPECIALTY STEEL LLC. 830 BRIGHAM RD, DUNKIRK, New York 14048 (CHAUTAUQUA)
250 250 Computers/Electronics ELECTRONIC DEVICES INC. 21 GRAY OAKS AVE, YONKERS, New York 10710 (WESTCHESTER)
127 - Coal-fired power plant NIAGARA GENERATION LLC. 5300 FRONTIER AVE, NIAGARA FALLS, New York 14304 (NIAGARA)
127 128 Fabricated Metals BALL METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER CORP. 95 BALLARD RD, MIDDLETOWN, New York 10940 (ORANGE)
36 32 Stone/Clay/Glass SAINT-GOBAIN ADVANCED CERAMICS -STRUCTURAL CERAMICS. 22 ACHESON DR, NIAGARA FALLS, New York 14303 (NIAGARA)
28 41 Primary Metals SPECIAL METALS CORP. 4317 MIDDLE SETTLEMENT RD, NEW HARTFORD, New York 13413 (ONEIDA)
20 32 FLUORINE RELEASES IBM CORP. E FISHKILL FACILITY 2070 RT 52, HOPEWELL JUNCTION, New York 12533 (DUTCHESS)
5 80 Fabricated Metals METAL CONTAINER CORP – NEWBURGH CAN PLANT. 130 BREUNIG RD, NEW WINDSOR, New York 12553 (ORANGE)

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