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Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM Urges Municipalities to Cease Water Fluoridation During Y2K Rollover to Avoid Risk of Fatalities CODY, Wyo., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM today urged cities and municipalities to disconnect water fluoridation equipment during the Y2K rollover to prevent possible fluoride fatalities. Over the last 25 years fatalities have occurred when fluoride saturation levels ran too high; some due to faulty flow control systems. In 1994, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study of a fatal fluoride overdose incident in Alaska, and dozens of verified fluoride "overfeeds" have occurred in cities and schools across the country. Fluoride is highly toxic and can be fatal even in very small doses. Consumer protections groups -- including, "Citizens For Safe Drinking Water" -- have been fighting fluoridation of the nation's water supplies for years. Now the Year 2000 problem presents a new risk to fluoridation: the possibility that control systems might malfunction, dumping fatal doses of fluoride into city water supplies. A story related by Senator Bennett (R-Utah) and reported by the Salt Lake Tribune on January 18 describes such an incident, "Curious about what would happen when the new millennium ticks in, a water-purification plant in Utah set its clocks ahead to Jan. 1, 2000. With computers ill-equipped to handle the new date, the plant malfunctioned, dumping poisonous quantities of chlorine and other chemicals into the water." On July 1, 1996, a national fluoridation engineer writing for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote, "When communities fluoridate their drinking water, a potential always exists for a fluoride overfeed." The risk of a fatal fluoride overdose is highest in schools, where the low body weight of children increases the risk of fluoride fatalities. Fluoridation equipment that is not electronic or chip-controlled does not have a Y2K risk, but saturation devices based on embedded systems or computer controls should be considered "unsafe" until proven otherwise . As a precaution, Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM recommends that people avoid drinking from fluoridated city water supplies and that parents do not allow their children to drink water from a school until the risk of fluoride poisoning has been eliminated. For more information, these Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM reports on the combined Y2K / fluoride risk are available: http://www.y2knewswire.com/19990119.htm http://www.y2knewswire.com/19990120.htm Press Contact: Mike Goodin, Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 307-587-1338, Fax: 307-587-7448 SOURCE Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM -0- 01/21/99 /CONTACT: Mike Goodin of Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM, email@example.com, 307-587-1338, fax: 307-587-7448/ /Web site: http://www.y2knewswire.com/19990119.htm/ /Web site: http://www.y2knewswire.com/19990120.htm/
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