Water board will hear update on fluoride cost study

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Carroll-Boone Water District will hold its regular quarterly meeting Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at the Freeman-Raney Water Treatment Plant on Hwy. 187, west of Eureka Springs.

On the agenda will be an update of the fluoride study done by engineers McGoodwin, Williams & Yates (MWY).

The board will review a packet of information sent to them by Office Manager Jim Allison, which includes an estimate of costs to build two fluoride-dispensing facilities.

Grantor Delta Dental has replied with a reduction of those costs and a contract offer to pay $763,000 of the initial $1.2 million estimate.

Some of the reduction is for square footage of the two buildings housing the equipment and supplies. MWY is expected to discuss their response to this reduction and explain why their original facility construction costs are correct.

Also included is a letter to state Rep. Bryan B. King from the Bureau of Legislative Research, rendering an opinion that water districts do not have to fulfill the state's mandate to fluoridate if grant funds are not available to cover the complete cost of construction.

CBWD water operators have repeatedly requested information about contaminants in the sodium fluorosilicate product they will have to order from overseas, as it is no longer available in the United States. Even though the product, used by other water districts, has an NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) stamp on it, CBWD wants a data sheet on it.

"We continue to be concerned that no supplier or manufacturer will furnish us the information required under the rules of NSF 60," Allison wrote in a memo to the board. "... We are asking no more or less than what is submitted to NSF to get their approval. We all have an obligation as licensed operators to know what is being put in the water especially if it is a product not needed for potable water."

Also on the agenda is a report by plant manager John Summers on a washout that occurred in Keels Creek near the Carroll-Boone pipeline. Streambank stabilization work is expected to be undertaken.

The board will hear a membership and donation request from Jason Kindall, executive director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, a non-profit group working on watershed protection issues. The group is non-regulatory and works to get grants for such projects as repairing washouts of creeks that feed Beaver Lake.

The board will also select an insurance carrier for a three-year contract and review the second-quarter financial report. The public is invited to attend.

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  • Force the FDA to do it's job

    Fluoridation started in 1945 in Grand Rapids Michigan. The very first drop was illegal and millions of gallons later nothing has changed. NaF, Na2SiF6, and H2SiF6 have never been approved by the FDA for internal ingestion intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals; and ... intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals. Furthermore, all fluoride vitamins, drops and pills would fall into this catagory.

    The entire chain, from the manufacturer, shippers, middlemen, distributers, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, cities, mayors, city boards, commissioners private and public water distributers and all personal, and the National Sanitation Foundation are liable for criminal charges and direct action by the Food and Drug Administration at any time.

    Why has the FDA failed to act on the issue of unapproved fluoridation drugs? The FDA is ignoring the law. FDA's actions are contrary to law, arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion. The plain language of the law says an article that appears to be misbranded or unapproved shall be in violation. The FDA should notify immediately anyone in possession of foreign or demostic-manufactured fluoridation chemicals/drugs that its use is prohibited by law and that the drug must be returned to the FDA. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration should seize supplies because they are illegal or because of questions over how they were manufactured. The FDA is undermining its own policy of maintaining a closed drug distribution system designed to keep dangerous drugs out of U.S. Commerce. Opening up the 'closed' drug system by allowing an unapproved drug, the FDA is jeopardizing their own system and threatens the public health by creating a risk that could cause harm the general public.

    The FDA has long taken the position that consumers are exposed to a number of risks when they are exposed to unapproved drugs because,they may be expired, subpotent, contaminated or counterfeit product, the wrong or a contraindicated product, an incorrect dose, or medication unaccompanied by adequate directions for use.

    The FDA's decision not to act on enforcing the removal of unapproved drugs or to initiate enforcement proceedings against a violator is a decision to ignore an administrative directive.

    -- Posted by FluoridePoisoned on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 7:20 PM
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