The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), the prestigious union of 1100 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists, toxicologists, engineers and attorneys responsible for evaluating all scientific data pertaining to environmental health hazards and standards has unanimously gone on record against the practice of artificial fluoridation of public drinking water.
On Wednesday, July 2, 1997, members of the NFFE voted unanimously to issue the following statement:
- “It is our hope that our co-sponsorship of the Safe Drinking Water Initiative to prohibit fluoridation will have a beneficial effect on the health and welfare of all by helping to keep water free of a chemical substance for which there is substantial evidence of adverse health effects and, contrary to public perception, virtually no evidence of significant benefits.
- “Our members’ review of the body of evidence over the last eleven years, including animal and human epidemiolgical studies, indicate a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment, and bone pathology. Of particular concern are epidemiological studies linking fluoride exposure to lowered IQ in children.
- “As the professionals who are charged with assessing the safety of drinking water, we conclude that the health and welfare of the public is not served by the addition of this substance (fluoride) to the drinking water.”