Fluoride in city water: For or against?
PORTLAND - Opponents of a plan to fluoridate Portland's drinking water were proposing a new city rule against adding in any such chemicals.
Mayor Sam Adams announced last week that he would join commissioners Randy Leonard and Nick Fish in supporting the effort. That gives supporters of fluoridation a majority on the five-member council.
"I don't usually get nervous and people get, their eyes start spinning when they talk about this subject." Randy Leonard said. "It's somehow and for some reason become this issue in Portland that's not unlike watching people debate abortion, believe it or not, I mean, I was accosted going to council today be three different people."
Portland is one of the largest cities in the country that doesn't use the mineral to fight tooth decay.
The group Clean Water Portland was proposing the ban on "any chemical or other substance to the City's drinking water that is a by-product of any industrial or manufacturing process, or that could cause the City's drinking water to exceed the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Maximum Contaminant Level Goals."
They say fluoride is an industrial byproduct that contains arsenic, lead and mercury, which can lead to neurological problems.
"Access to safe, clean drinking water is a fundamental human right and when you start putting non-FDA medications into the drinking water, people get upset about it," Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water Kimberly Kaminski spokesperson said.
A date for the council vote has been scheduled for September 12.
KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report