IMPORTANT NOTE: The next status hearing for our federal TSCA lawsuit was originally scheduled for October 20th, however the Court has now pushed it back a week to Wednesday, October 26th at 3:30PM (US Pacific) / 6:30 (US Eastern). We will keep you updated as the hearing approaches and provide Zoom login information so you can watch from home.
We have a special feature for our supporters today! Several weeks ago, members of the Fluoride Action Network had the opportunity to interview Gary O. Pittman on the connection between the phosphate industry and the fluoride chemicals that are added to drinking water in the United States. Gary spent a career as an industry consultant and phosphate plant manager for Occidental Chemical Corporation (now called OXY) at their mining and processing operations in northern Florida. This industry is the primary “producer” of fluorosilicic acid, which is a toxic waste product captured by their pollution scrubber systems and distributed to towns and cities across the U.S. for use in the public water supplies as “fluoride.”
This hour-long interview features a wide-ranging discussion on:
- How phosphates are mined
- Toxic chemicals at the phosphate plant
- How fluoride is captured from from phosphate rock slurry
- Why defoamers are used in the process
- Toxic work conditions that impacted the health of workers and the environment
- The financial and political influence of the chemical industry.
We hope that you enjoy it and share the links with your contacts and anyone who may be interested in knowing where fluoridation chemicals come from.
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