If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.
– Dr. J. William Hirzy (2000) Senior Chemist at the US Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters
Presentation to Environment Committee
Dr. Paul Connett’s presentation to the Lethbridge City Environment Committee on August 27 was very informative coming from an environmental impact perspective.
The City Councillors on the committee who participated in the meeting were Bridget Mearns who arranged for Dr. Connett’s presentation, Blaine Hyggen who chaired the meeting, and Joe Mauro who has supported the move to end fluoridation in Lethbridge. Jeff Coffman, the other member of the committee and a staunch fluoridation supporter, was absent. Mayor Spearman, an ardent fluoride proponent, was in the audience.
The meeting was scheduled for only 20 minutes, but Dr. Connett was given an hour with no rebuttal from any fluoride advocates.
View Dr. Connett’s presentation here: Why Lethbridge Should End Fluoridation.
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Water Fluoridation System Struggling To Run
There is still no solution in place to address Hinton’s water fluoridation system, which has struggled to stay running since a new filter system was put in place in 2011.
Prince George, BC
After a referendum on November 15, 2014, the Prince George City Council voted to end fluoridation; now comes the removal of the fluorosilicic acid, which is dangerous and very costly.
Fluoride is gone but not forgotten.
On Monday night, city council will receive an update from engineering and public works general manager Dave Dyer about the status of the city’s now-defunct fluoride injection system….
By the beginning of March, the injection equipment was removed from the four water pump stations.
However the material itself, 9,300 litres of fluorosilicic acid, remains in holding tanks at the pump stations.
Fluorosilicic acid is toxic when stored in bulk concentrations and needs to be removed and neutralized by a specialized professional. [My emphasis]
It will cost an estimated $140,000 to remove the acid from the tanks and once the product is removed and disposed of, it will cost another estimated $60,000 to remove the holding tanks, which need to be physically cut out.
This is the last Fluoride Free Lethbridge Newsletter unless something of importance needs to be announced. New subscribers can read past issues in the News Archive.
Folks, I’m done.