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EPA’s Alteration of the MCL: EPA Recommends Raising Fluoride Limits – New York Times, November 1, 1985 How much fluoride is too much? – Boston Globe, November 25, 1985 The Science and Politics of Fluoride – AGD Impact, February 1987 EPA Union’s Attempt to Join Lawsuit Opposing Fluoride Standard was Rebuffed – Chemical & Engineering News, August 1, 1988 […]
Interview with EPA’s Dr. William Hirzy About Fluoride & Cancer
The following is an excerpt of Michael Connett’s interview with Dr. J. William Hirzy, Senior Vice President of EPA’s Headquarters Union in Washington DC. The interview took place on July 3, 2000, a couple days after Hirzy testified before the US Senate calling for an independent review of the tumor slides from the National Toxicology Program’s bioassay for fluoride. […]
Scientist Who Spoke Out on Fluoride Ordered Reinstated to Job
A two-year battle against the federal government ended in victory for a scientist fired from the Environmental Protection Agency after raising health concerns about fluoride. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich ordered that William L. Marcus be returned to his $ 87,000-a-year job at EPA and be paid back wages, legal costs and a $ 50,000 penalty.
Reich Orders EPA to Reinstate Scientist
In a precedent-setting ruling, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Robert B. Reich has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate toxicologist Dr. William L. Marcus.
Fluoride bioassay study under scrutiny
A recent animal study by the National Toxicology Program that failed to give fluoride a totally clean bill of health is now being questioned as being maybe too lenient on the widely used tooth decay preventative. Also, a government panel appointed to assess the risks and benefits of human exposure to fluoride and to put the NTP study into broader perspective is apparently running into some problems and has delayed its final report.
The ‘Altered Recommendations’ of the 1983 Surgeon General’s Panel
“We believe that EPA staff and managers should be called to testify, along with members of the 1983 Surgeon Generals panel and officials of the Department of Human Services, to explain how the original recommendations of the Surgeon Generals panel were altered to allow EPA to set otherwise unjustifiable drinking water standards for fluoride.”
Fluoride Report Confirms EPA Union’s 20-year-old Concerns
The NRC’s report “Fluoride in Drinking Water” vindicates the EPA Union’s expressed concerns about fluoride toxicity dating back to 1986, when we defined severe dental fluorosis as an adverse health effect as the NRC just did. The NRC Committee also found that it was likely that there is an increase in bone fractures and increased risk of Stage II skeletal fluorosis among people drinking water at the 4 milligrams of fluoride per liter (mg/L) level. Again, our union has been saying this for years.
Union wants EPA to live up to name
Now the EPA management is leaning on one of the last strongholds of protest — the vocal union representing white-collar EPA workers. Management is trying to curtail the amount of work time that union members can spend on union business and has ordered the union leaders not to use agency time to talk to Congress, the public or the press.
EPA May Challenge Employee Right to Sue in Novel Fluoride Case
EPA may challenge the recent move by the union representing EPA’s professionals to join environmentalists in a suit over Safe Drinking Water Act health standards for fluoride, sources say, using the argument that the group has no “standing” to intervene because the workers are part of EPA itself. The National Federation of Federal Employees 2050 local has filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council seeking a vastly strengthened fluoride drinking water standard.
The newer debate over fluoride in drinking water – which questions whether Mother Nature fluoridates water too heavily for good health in some parts of the country – has given rise to what an Environmental Protection Agency workers’ union calls a “precedent-setting” case of strange bedfellows.