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.

Tennessee

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • PERCENT OF PEOPLE SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE FLUORIDATED:
    2014:  88.1%
    201289.7%
    200693.7%
    200094.5%
    199292.0%
  • To see if your town is fluoridated, click here.
  • To learn when your town was fluoridated, and which fluoridation chemical it uses, click here.

LATEST NEWS:

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

Tennessee’s FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • The State of Tennessee does not mandate fluoridation.  Local governments control fluoridation policy in TN.  City councils can begin or discontinue fluoridation at their discretion, or by a referendum vote.  Each community’s fluoridation ordinance is unique.  To learn more about these fluoridation ordinances, click here.

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN Tennessee:

If you live in TN and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact  Karyn French, FAN’s Tennessee state coordinator.

Tennessee COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Community Population Date
Jonesborough 5,000 Feb 13, 2017
DeKalb Utility District Board  ? Dec 22, 2016
Soddy Daisy 13,000 July 2016
Oliver Springs 3,300 Sept 4, 2014
Camden 3,620 June 12, 2014
Atwood  930 Dec 2013
Columbia 27,000 Sept 25, 2013
Kenton 1,525 May 8, 2013
Lawrenceburg 11,000 Oct 18, 2011
Hohenwald 4,000 Sept 6, 2011
Spring Hill 30,000 August 15, 2011
Waynesboro 2,437 August 15, 2011
Tellico 900 Nov 4, 2010
Selmer 4,500 June 10, 2010
Lewisburg 11,000 2008
East Montgomery 2007
Lebanon 27,710 2007
Lafayette 4,000 Nov 9, 2005
South Blount Water District June 2004

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN TENNESSEE:

In 2008, South Dakota ranked #13 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (2,233,874 pounds). 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 Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
450,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA JOHNSONVILLE FOSSIL PLANT. 535 STEAM PLANT RD, NEW JOHNSONVILLE, Tennessee 37134 (HUMPHREYS)
450,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA KINGSTON FOSSIL PLANT. 714 SWAN POND RD, HARRIMAN, Tennessee 37748 (ROANE)
260,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA JOHN SEVIER FOSSIL PLANT. 611 OLD HWY 70, ROGERSVILLE, Tennessee 37857 (HAWKINS)
196,650 Aluminum smelter ALCOA. 2300 N WRIGHT RD, ALCOA, Tennessee 37701 (BLOUNT)
192,347 Chemicals, plastics. EASTMAN CHEMICAL CO TENNESSEE OPERATIONS. 100 EASTMAN RD, KINGSPORT, Tennessee 37662 (SULLIVAN)
190,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA GALLATIN FOSSIL PLANT. 1499 STEAM PLANT RD, GALLATIN, Tennessee 37066 (SUMNER)
180,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA BULL RUN FOSSIL PLANT. 1265 EDGEMOOR RD, CLINTON, Tennessee 37716 (ANDERSON)
170,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA ALLEN FOSSIL PLANT. 2574 PLANT RD, MEMPHIS, Tennessee 38109 (SHELBY)
70,000 Coal-fired power plant US TVA CUMBERLAND FOSSIL PLANT. 815 CUMBERLAND CITY RD, CUMBERLAND CITY, Tennessee 37050 (STEWART)
34,435 Food/Beverages/Tobacco TATE & LYLE LOUDON. 198 BLAIR BEND DR, LOUDON, Tennessee 37774 (LOUDON)
19,752 Chemicals DUPONT OLD HICKORY PLANT. 1002 INDUSTRIAL RD, OLD HICKORY, Tennessee 37138 (DAVIDSON)
15,778 Stone/Clay/Glass BORAL BRICKS INC GL EASON PLANT. OLD HWY 22 PO BOX 72, GLEASON, Tennessee 38229 (WEAKLEY)
4,735 Primary Metals BRISTOL METALS LP. 390 BRISTOL METALS RD, BRISTOL, Tennessee 37621 (SULLIVAN)
128 Computers/Electronics ADVANCED MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY. 801 S ILLINOIS AVE, OAK RIDGE, Tennessee 37831 (ANDERSON)
34 Petroleum VALERO REFINING CO – TENNESSEE LLC. 2385 RIVERPORT RD, MEMPHIS, Tennessee 38109 (SHELBY)
15 Stone/Clay/Glass A & W READY MIX CONCRETE PLT 1. 151 KYKER FERRY RD, KODAK, Tennessee 37764 (SEVIER)

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