NJ Spotlight: Another Push to Add Fluoride to Public Drinking Water

Assembly panel clears bill that once again pits dentists against water companies, environmentalists.

Convincing a majority of lawmakers of the benefits of requiring fluoride in New Jersey’s public water supply has been like pulling teeth for years in the state legislature.

The long-hoped for measure by dentists has consistently been opposed by some environmentalists and water companies. But on Monday, the Assembly’s health committee took another shot at moving the bill.

“Hope springs eternal,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington), a medical doctor and chairman of the heath committee, which cleared a bill similar to legislation that failed to make it through the last session.

Only 13 percent of New Jerseyans drink fluoridated water, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), placing New Jersey next to the bottom nationwide.

Dentists say access to the teeth-strengthening fluoride would drastically reduce cavities, especially in the New Jersey’s poorer cities.

But the bill has its critics -- water companies and environmentalists who cite its impact on the environment, potentially harmful health effects, and the cost of installing fluoridation equipment for opposing the measure.

Conaway said he is encouraged to see bipartisan support for the water fluoridation bill, A-1811. It is co-sponsored by health committee member Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz (R-Union, Morris and Somerset), who is a nurse.

The Assembly health committee heard from both sides of the issue before clearing the bill for consideration by the full Assembly.

Read the full story in NJ Spotlight @ Another Push to Add Fluoride to Public Drinking Water.

NJ Spotlight is an online news service providing insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey.


Elliot February 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The following quote is from an article entitled Germans & Russians Used Fluoride To Make Prisoners Stupid & Docileby Devvy Kidd..... "While a member of the Communist Party, I attended Communist underground training schools outside the City of New York in the Bues Hall and 113 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The East Wells Street School operated under the name of the Eugene Debs School. Here, under the tutoring of Eugene Dennis, M. Sparks, Morris Chyilds, Jack Kling and others, we were schooled in the art of revolutionary overthrow of the established Government. "We discussed quite thoroughly the fluoridation of water supplies and how we were using it in Russia as a tranquilizer in the prison camps. The leaders of our school felt that if it could be induced into the American water supply, it would bring about a spirit of lethargy in the nation; where it would keep the general public docile during a steady encroachment of Communism. We also discussed the fact that keeping a store of deadly fluoride near the water reservoir would be advantageous during the time of the revolution, as it would give us opportunity to dump this poison into the water supply and either kill off the populace or threaten them with liquidation, so that they would surrender to obtain fresh water."
MrJones February 01, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Flouridation and Chemtrails (look it up). They bring out the crazies.
Sally Clark Sheola February 01, 2012 at 09:54 PM
The crazy thing is to ignore the many hazards of fluoride... “Over the past ten years a large body of peer-reviewed science has raised concerns that fluoride may present unreasonable health risks, particularly among children, at levels routinely added to tap water in American cities.” ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP, July 2005. See more evidence at: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health
Elliot February 01, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The bottom line is that fluoride may be helpful in preventing cavities, ONLY WHEN IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH AND NOT SWALLOWED. Otherwise, it is extremely detrimental to our bodies, especially children. What can we do to ensure that we are not exposed to it as well as the other chemicals present in tap water?
Michael February 07, 2012 at 12:27 AM
What is wrong with these people? they can't keep the bad stuff out as it is... now they want to put more things in for us to worry about. I am willing to pay our politicians both locally and on a federal level to stop making laws. They are so bored with their lives that they have nothing better to do but make law after law after law, enough already.


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