Introduced by Representatives Seibert of Norwich, Brooks of Montpelier and Chen of Mendon
Subject: Conservation; public water supply; fluoridation
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit the use of hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride to fluoridate public water supplies. The prohibition would go into effect July 1, 2006.
AN ACT RELATING TO LEAD CONTAMINATION AND THE FLUORIDATION OF PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. FINDINGS
Lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause serious health problems, especially for infants, children, and pregnant women. Lead is found in many household, industrial, and automobile products and due to environmental pollution can be found in the soil and waters of the state. Although Vermont has been diligent in its efforts to reduce and prevent lead contamination and the serious health effects it causes, lead is still found in public water supplies throughout the state. Recent neurotoxicology studies indicate that the chemical compounds hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride may enhance the uptake and ingestion of lead by children and adults. Hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride are commonly used by public water supplies to fluoridate water. To prevent the adverse health effects of lead contamination and protect Vermonters, the state should ban the use of hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride to fluoridate water supplies until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds that these chemicals can be used in public water supplies without harmful effects to the citizens of the state.
Sec. 2. 10 V.S.A. § 1673(g) is added to read:
(g) A person shall not operate or maintain a public water system that uses hydrofluosilicic acid or sodium silicofluoride for the purpose of fluoridation. For purposes of this subsection, fluoridation means the adjustment of fluoride levels in a public water supply in order to meet a designated target level.
Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on July 1, 2006.
The Vermont General Assembly
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