Lynnwood Attorney Threatens Everett With Legal Action Over Water Fluoridation

July 28, 2011

Everett, Everett Government

Will Everett be sued over fluoride in the drinking water?

Lynnwood attorney James Robert Deal was back in front of the Everett City Council yesterday arguing against the practice of putting fluoride into the city’s water supply. Since 1992, the city of Everett has been adding 1 milligram per liter of fluoride to the city’s Spada Lake reservoir. That level was reduced to .08 milligrams per liter earlier this year following a recommendation by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the State Health Department. At recent city council meetings, attorney Deal and supporters of the effort to remove fluoride from Everett’s water supply have spoken before the council. Deal has also launched a website about the issue. During yesterday’s Everett City Council meeting Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District spoke out in favor of Everett’s fluoridation program, calling it an important health and safety measure. The head of Everett’s Community Health Center’s Dental program also spoke out in favor of the fluoridation program, while Everett City Council member Paul Roberts, noted he had extensively studied fluoridation in water supplies while serving as public works director for the City of Marysville. Roberts said Everett’s water supply is one of the healthiest in the nation. The practice of putting fluoride in Everett’s water was not even on the City Council agenda but anti-fluoride activists have promised to vigorously pursue the issue. Here’s an explanation from the City of Everett about why it adds fluoride to the city’s water supply.
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