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POLL: Should Englishtown Oppose Fluoridization Bill?

Englishtown officials are challenging a state proposal to mandate flouride in all community water systems, saying it would be too costly.

The Mayor and Council discussed how to oppose the newly proposed state legislation that would require flouride in all public community water systems in New Jersey at their workshop meeting last week.

The NJ Senate Bill, entitled the “New Jersey Public Water Supply Fluoridation Act”, and it’s companion Assembly Bill are currently being considered for approval by the state. If passed, Englishtown taxpayers would have to pay for the fluoridation of their water and the Borough would have to deal with hazmat issues as flouride is a toxic waste by-product.

Due to the fact that Englishtown has it’s own municipal water authority, Mayor Tom Reynolds questioned whether the Borough would be able to handle the burden of another unfunded mandate.

Councilman Gregory Wojyn said that Karen Alexander of the New Jersey Utilities Association stated that water companies say that the upfront cost to purchase and install the equipment which will introduce flouride into the system cost between $400,000 to over $64 million, depending on the size of the system.

Councilwoman and Chairperson of the Public Utilities Committee Maryanne Krawiec suggested that the council pass a resolution and send it to Gov. Chris Christie voicing the Borough’s concern.

Reynolds advised Krawiec to reach out to other small municipalities that pump their own water and are in opposition to this legislation to create a joint resolution to send to the governor, which the Council decided to do.

Besides the cost of installing the equipment, the council and mayor are worried about transport, waste issues, and the danger of  dealing with the hazardous material.

Kathleen McBride February 29, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I agree that we should fight against having flouride in our water. More important than the obvious expense to the taxpayers are the health risks associated with flouride. It has actually been shown to LOWER intelligence and cause numerous other neurological and physiological conditions. It is harmful not only to drink , but to absorb through our skin while we wash our hands or shower. Please research this for yourself. Use your common sense: if the township just stated above that they are reluctant to deal with it because it is a "TOXIC BY-PRODUCT", do you really want that stuff in your family's water supply? AND pay extra for it?
fluoride February 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Safe Drinking Water Act : No national primary drinking water regulation may require the addition of any substance for preventive health care purposes unrelated to contamination of drinking water. Hey!? Can a municipality rush a law through prohibiting the addition of any substance in accordnce with the SDWA of 1974 and amended in 1986. One of its provisions, 42 USC 300g-1(b)(11), apparently part of the original 1974 version of the law, specifically forbids enacting any national primary drinking water regulation which would require the addition to drinking water of any substance for preventive health care purposes unrelated to contamination of drinking water. Do municipalities have police powers that would hold up a law like this?????
nyscof February 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing More than 4,038 professionals (including 331 dentists and 518 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/professionals-statement.aspx
Barb February 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The solution to polution is dulution,That what the E.P.A. claims, they don't want to pay for it to be disposed,so they figure they can dump it in our drinking water,an the Government likes it,an so does the Drug companys,makes people dumb,lowers I.Q,an it makes people sick,so the drug companys can sell more drugs,more money,shorter life,less money paid out to people on social security.
Richie March 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Best way to prevent tooth decay. Very cost effective. The CDC says $38 savings for every dollar spent. This will also save money for the towns dental insurance budget. Which may be self funded
PerioAmit March 01, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Fluoride in LARGE quantities can be harmful and cause problems. The amount that is required in the water is very small and last time I checked, communities with fluoridated water dont have dumb people with lower IQ's !!! As a disclaimer I am a dentist so people may think my opinion is biased. But if people stop and think, why would i promote something that actually would result in me seeing LESS patients and affect my bottom line.
M.J. Jeffries March 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM
And I have a bridge to sell you too. You might sometime question what the government tells you. The CDC is rife with deception and incompetence. You really ought to put a little effort into your own education and research instead of blindly accepting what politicians tell you.
M.J. Jeffries March 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Why? Because you are uneducated and I am being very respectful by stating it that way. I challenge you to read The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson and still support fluoridation. Also, your professional reputation depends on you supporting fluoridation. Just see how you would be treated by your local dental society and the ADA if you, in any way, oppose fluoridation. Fluoride is every bit as toxic as lead and arsenic. There is no safe level of exposure or ingestion. The idea that you can dilute it and be safe is just ludicrous.
Lady Ravenhairre March 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
In PA, they are drinking arsenic, lead, and mercury, too. They coal-burning plants called it fluoride. They're going to do the same to us if we don't do something about it. Please contact us: NoFluorideNJ@gmail.com or 201-855-9732 Check us out on Facebook Facebook.com/NFNJM
pvancaulart March 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Fluoridation remains a legacy health policy borne from the chemical era of the last century. Just as thalidomide, leaded gasoline, asbestos and cyclamates have been proven harmful, so to is the use of silicofluorides in drinking water. Forget about authority figures who endorse the "idea," but find one medical-dental professional who can sign the prescription, control individual dose, and assume the liability for harms caused to an entire community ingesting silicofluoride compounds in drinking water and I'll show you the town fool. Stupid is as stupid does. 42% of America is fluoridation free. see fluoridealert.org for info.
Paul Connett March 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Dear PerloAmit, 1 ppm may seem small to you - and it maybe for other substances - but for fluoride it is not. In fact, it is 250 times higher than the level in mothers' milk (0.004 ppm, NRC report, 2006, page 40). This means a bottle-fed baby in a fluoridated community will get 250 times more fluoride than nature intended. In my view that is not a sensible thing to do, especially when promoters now concede that fluoride's benefit is TOPICAL - so it does little good to swallow it. Paul Connett,PhD, lead author of The Case AgainstFfluoride (Chelsea Green, 2010)
Tim Harris Jr March 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The CDC also said that the fluoridation program was the best way to limit dental fluorosis. (Yes, the CDC does say this on their website cdc.gov) Does that sound redundant? It's like saying that the best way to limit poisoning is to poison you. Or, the best way to limit how much you smoke cigarette is to give you a lit cigarette. This does not save any town money. It just saves the aluminum manufacturers money from having to spend their money to safely disposes of their toxic waste byproduct, sodium fluoride. Not only do THEY save money by not spending it, but they make money because they're selling it by the boatloads to water companies and dentists left and right. Show me research that fluoride is good for you. You can't find it, from anywhere outside the governments and any agencies that receive federal aid (keeping the money within the 'family' I guess)
Tim Harris Jr March 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It's a shame that we don't see the truth right underneath our noses (literally). Look at your tube of toothpaste... It says "Harmful if swallowed - In case of accidental ingestion, seek Poison Control immediately" Mind you, they're putting the same stuff in our drinking water. So, I guess I'll have poison control on speed dial every time I make a pot of coffee. BTW, fluoride is a poison. And it's a shame because it's classified by the CDC as being high up there with arsenic as a powerful poison. Fluoride was/is used as a rat poison. So, if it's so good for your teeth, then are they trying to kill rats, or save their teeth? LOL It lowers your IQ, calcifies your pineal gland (your third eye), collects in your bones and kidneys, and causes inflammation. This is the real reason why people who've been drinking this poison for years, are getting arthritis. It's not arthritis...it's actually skeletal fluorosis. Same crap, just caused by a different agent (fluoride). It also interferes with your nervous system and brain function. That's why so many people who've been drinking it for years, get Alzheimer's Disease when they get old. Sad to say, folks...for most of you reading this, your town may already be fluoridated. If you use NJ American water, you're already poisoned. The state don't need to pass the law, because that company is voluntarily doing it and charging their customers for it. We should be pushing for a law to make it illegal .
Rose Marie Raccioppi March 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I am a New Yorker living in Tappan, New York - a border town to New Jersey. Tappan is a hamlet of Orangetown New York, Rockland County, NY. We in Rockland hold firm in our opposition to fluoridation of our water. This position has been maintained based upon sound appraisal of ill effects. You are encouraged to hold true to your position of opposition to fluoridation... our children deserve informed choices, not the fulfillment of profit motivated political agendas.
Mike Angelo March 07, 2012 at 11:53 AM
http://www.change.org/petitions/new-jersey-legislature-stop-the-addition-of-fluoride-to-our-drinking-water
Marty Fogel April 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Fluoridation of our water is simply put, "poisoning" our water. Whether we drink it, bathe in it, or eat fruits and vegetables that have been watered with it, we are being exposed to the poison. The general public need to be informed of the dangers of fluoridation. Politicians need to listen to those who know the scientific facts and are not motivated by politcs or greed. NO FLUORIDE!

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