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Fairbanks: Fluoride task force tallies comments at meeting tonight in Fairbanks

Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner | April 5th, 2011 | By Molly Rettig
Location: United States, Alaska

The Fluoride Task Force will meet tonight to tally public comments on its draft report published last month. Comments were taken during the past few weeks online and at two public meetings.

The report recommended the city stop fluoridating its water supply. The main reasons were that city water already contains naturally occurring fluoride and amounts higher than those levels could harm non-nursing infants.

A city law requires Golden Heart Utilities to add fluoride to public drinking water. The utility boosts natural levels of 0.3 parts per million to 0.7 ppm, based on federal health recommendations.

The task force, a group of six science and health professionals, was formed a year ago to study the benefits and risks of fluoride.

The panel plans to submit a final report to the Fairbanks City Council at a regular meeting on April 25.

The City Council has several options: It could discontinue fluoridation by passing an ordinance, put the issue to voters, or take no action.

If you go

Where: City Council Chambers, City Hall

When: 7 p.m.

There is no public comment period but the meeting is open to the public.