National Federation of Federal Employees
P.O. BOX 76082, Washington, DC 20013 202-260-2383(V) 202-401-3139(F)
|Local2O5O||July 2, 1997|
Mr. Jeff Green
Citizens for Safe Drinking water
3243 Madrid street
San Diego, CA 92110
Dear Mr. Green:
I am pleased to report that our union, Local 2050, National Federation of Federal Enployeas, has voted to co-sponsor the California citizens' petition to prohibit fluoridation of which your organization is the sponsor. Our union represents, and is comprised of, the scientists, lawyers, engineers and other professionals at the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency here in Washington, D.C..
A vote of the membership was taken at a meeting during which Professor Paul Connett and Dr. Robert Carton made presentations, respectively, on the recent toxicological and epidemiological evidence developed on fluoride and past actions (and their bases) of Local 2050 with respect to fluoride in drinking water. The membership vote was unanimous in favor of co-sponsorship.
It is our hope that our co-sponsorship will have a beneficial effect on the health and welfare of all Californians by helping to keep their drinking water free of a chemical substance for which there is substantial evidence of adverse health effects and, contrary to public perception, virtually no evidence of significant benefits.
These judgements are based, in part, on animal studies of the toxicity of fluoride coupled with the human epidemiology studies which corroborate them, and the studies of rates of decayed, missing and filled teeth in the United States (fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities) versus non-fluoridated European countries.
Our members review of the body of evidence over the last eleven years, including animal and human epidemiology studies, Indicate a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment and bone pathology. Of particular concern are recent epidemiology studies linking fluoride exposures to lower I.Q. in children.
As professionals who are charged with assessing the safety of drinking water, we conclude that the health and welfare of the public is not served by the addition of this substance to the public water supply.
Best wishes to you and your organization for success in keeping what would otherwise be a hazardous waste of the fertilizer industry from being disposed of in California's drinking water supplies.