New York may be putting too much fluoride in its drinking water, a new federal review has found – and one councilman hopes that will prompt the city to stop using it altogether.
New York puts 1 milligram of fluoride into every liter of water to prevent tooth decay, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now wants the maximum set 30% lower.
And now the Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing what the safe level of fluoride should be.
“It’s very alarming that it’s taken the government this long to recognize these dangers,” said Queens Councilman Peter Vallone, who will soon introduce a bill to ban fluoride from city water.
Scientists long believed fluoridated water helped drastically reduce American dental problems, but new research shows too much fluoride can weaken teeth and bones.
“This is the first real government acknowledgment of the problems,” Vallone said. “I want it out. We’re way behind the curve on this.”
The Health Department said it will review the new research, but did not go along with Vallone’s call – saying it will “ensure that New Yorkers receive an optimal amount of fluoride through drinking water.”
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This is the title of the article that was published: Pol wants fluoride flushed after fed study rips city’s water, and not the online version title: Councilman Peter Vallone rings alarm on fluoride in tap after fed study rips city’s drinking water