PINELLAS COUNTY OFFICIALS REFUSE TO ATTEND THE GREAT FLUORIDE DEBATE--Andrew Stelzer

07/08/04

Tonight at 7pm, the great Fluoride debate will be held in Clearwater. The event is the latest in a year of controversy surrounding the introduction of Fluoride into the county’s water supply. Until last month, Pinellas was the largest county in the U.S. that did not put fluoride in their water—most public health officials claim that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. But a concerned group of citizens have been fighting the decision throughout the process, and have generated media attention by providing studies which point out that Fluoride is poisonous at high levels, and the compound that is now being used in Pinellas county water has never been tested for its effects on human health. For tonight’s event, The citizens groups, called Citizens for Safe water, has brought in two nationally known experts on the dangers of fluoride; they have also invited dozens of dentists, county health officials and lawmakers to come and present the pros of Fluoride in a moderated debate. As of this broadcast, none of those officials or dentists have accepted the invitation to participate. Tomorrow, we'll be bringing you a report ion the debate, but earlier today, WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke with David baker, the manager of conservation resources for Pinellas county utilities. He began by asking him what the counties perception has been of the controversy surrounding Fluoride.

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That was David baker, the manager of conservation resources for Pinellas county utilities. The Great fluoride debate will be held tonight at 7pm, at the harborview center in Downtown Clearwater. For more information on the two views of Fluoride, go to www.aquasafe.org, or log on to www.pinellascounty.org and search for fluoride.

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