So, what exactly are they putting into our water in California anyway? Is it naturally occurring calcium fluoride? Is it the pharmaceutical grade fluoride found in our dentists’ office? Nope!
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission confirms that the product used to fluoridate our drinking water is hydrofluorosilicic acid, an industrial waste by-product from the phosphate fertilizer industry.
"I would like to request documentation on the manufacturer(s) that provide SF Water with the Fluorosilicic Acid and Flouride that is added to the Bay Area water supply, as per the Jan 2001 Peninsula Watershed EIR - segment below, please update if necessary)." SFPUC response: "The fluoride added to SFPUC water is in the form of hydrofluorosilicic acid supplied by Brenntag Pacific / Los Angeles Chemical Co. (Contact information: 4545 Ardine Street, South Gate, CA 90280. Tel: 323-562-9500). The fluoride concentration in the chemical is 23-25%."
Has this product been tested for safety?
No! The Safe Water Drinking Act license to operate a water system mandates that chemicals used in public water supplies meet the National Sanitation Foundations's NSF60 standard, which requires that toxicological safety studies be conducted on all chemicals. But these studies haven’t been done. This is likely because it is well known that hydrofluorosilicic acid, being an industrial by-product, is contaminated with impurities such as arsenic, lead, and aluminum. So, not only are we drinking hazardous waste, but we’re drinking hazardous waste that has never been tested for safety to ingest! No Safety studies, should mean no compliance with legislation (local or state mandates) and no legal product with which to fluoridate.
Wouldn’t the precautionary principle be prudent?
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heimann, admits that in the absence of safety studies, precaution should be taken. In 2005, San Francisco passed a Precautionary Principle Purchasing Ordinance requiring the city to weigh the environmental and health costs of all of its purchases. Bay Area residents demand to see the toxicological safety studies on hydrofluorosilicic acid, but they don’t exist and so the precautionary principle should be applied. The same principle of precaution should apply to any city in California. If in doubt, leave it out!