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Fairbanks City Council votes to stop fluoridation

Fairbanks, Alaska—In response to recommendations by a Fairbanks City Council-appointed fluoridation task force, the city council voted 5 to 1 June 6 to prohibit adding fluoride to the city’s drinking water.

Fairbanks has required fluoridating its water supply since 1959.

Council members voted after hearing an hour of public testimony, and voted to make the ordinance effective July 1.

The ordinance revises city code to say that community water distribution systems in the city shall not add fluoride, in any form, to the water system. It also calls for a display advertisement providing information about the task force’s recommendations to be published as well as information sent to the local school district.

The final task force report is posted on the City of Fairbanks website: www.ci.fairbanks.ak.us. The Fluoride Final Report link is listed under Hot Topics on the left side of the page.