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Port Angeles city council could ask for public vote on fluoride

Source: KONP NEWSRADIO AM 1450 | July 17th, 2015

The Port Angeles city council may soon be taking up the issue of adding fluoride to the city’s water supply.

The contract for adding the chemical into the water supply comes up for a renewal next year.

City manager Dan McKeen says the city council members have indicated they want to take a closer look at the issue.

McKeen says if the city council wants to have an advisory vote from citizens it would have to have a ballot title together in the next couple of week in order to make the November general ballot.

The city began adding fluoride into the water system in 2006.

It was paid for by a grant from the Washington Dental Service Foundation. Many dentists and health professionals advocated for fluoride in the water to help with tooth decay.

But the addition of fluoride has also been controversial. The city faced a number of legal challenges over the decision. Many have voiced concerns about the chemical and a lack of choice for customers.