Speech on Water Fluoridation in Washington State

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Speech on Water Fluoridation in Washington State 1._STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM: Washington State has a current public policy on the issue of fluoridation, which is too general a statement to unite the state and its population on the issue. This situation was witnessed recently when the city of East Wenatchee was split in its opinion on the issue. Situations such as these are occurring all over the state of Washington. Washington needs a sound public policy that unites the entire population of Washington. The purpose of this paper is to debate the arguments of both for and against, and create a public policy that can unite the state of Washington 2._EVIDENCE A PROBLEM EXISTS: A._Danger to Salmon: (1)"In a 1982-1986 study of salmon migration at John Day dam on the Columbia river by Damkaer and Dey. High salmon loss was caused by high levels fluoride concentration from an aluminum smelter 1.6km above the dam. The average daily discharge of fluoride in 1982 was 384kg. This was associated, at the dam, with a fluoride concentration of 0.5mg/L and a migration time of more than 150 hours and a 55% loss. In 1983, discharge was reduced to 107 kg/day. This was associated with a reduction of concentration to 0.17 mgF/L and the migration time to less than 28 hour with a loss of 11%. In 1985, fluoride discharge of 49kg/day was accompanied bay a concentration of 0.2 mgF/L and a Salmonid of 5%." During the time of the study, however, John Day dam was constructing a fish ladder, which was completed in 1987. According to the Discovery Channel; (2) (not a direct quote) In order to construct a fish ladder onto an already existing dam, you must stop water from flowing through the dam or construction area. So water had to be rerouted, prob... ... middle of paper ... ...tion would only cause the tides to turn around in the fluoridation debate and probably just cause even more contention. Bibliography: Bibliography (1) Richard G Foulkes, Anne C Anderson. Presentation at the 20th Conference of the International Society for fluoride research, Beijing, China, September 1994. (2) WWW.Discovery.com (3) Kathleen Gilstrap. Wenatchee World, Sunday, November 26, 2000. Pages A1, A10 (4) Roger D. Masters, Nelson D. Rockefeller. Professor Emeritus in the Dartmouth College Department of Government and head of the Dartmouth Foundation for Neuroscience and Society. September 2, 1999 (5) American Academy of Pediatrics, Policy Statement, February 1996 (6) North Central District Dental Society (7) Revised Code of Washington (8) Paul Connet, Jeff Green, International Fluoride information Network. December 31, 1999
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