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 Fluoride: Congress asks EPA's Browner to Justify Policy to Promote Fluoride

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Congress asks EPA's Browner to Justify Policy to Promote Fluoride

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To: Recipient List Suppressed:; <Recipient List Suppressed:;>
Date: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 1:18 PM
Subject: E-Copy/Rep. Calvert Req. to EPA Browner

F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., Wisconsin. Chairman GEORGE E. BROWN, JR.,
California
Ranking Minority Member
___________________

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE
SUITE 2320 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON, DC 20515-6301
(202) 225-637
TTY: (202) 226-4410
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May 10, 1999

The Honorable Carol M. Browner
Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Browner:

The Committee on Science has received a number of letters recently regarding
the potential health risk from fluoride in drinking water at the current
maximum contaminant level (MCL). According to the enclosed Salon article and
other information I have received, the current MCL may harm human health,
particularly in certain sensitive subpopulations such as the young, the
elderly, diabetics and athletes. In addition, the article states the Clinton
Administration's goal to increase the percentage of the population receiving
fluoridated water from 62% to 75% by next year.

I would like to request your agency's response to some questions I have
regarding the fluoride:

(1) I understand that EPA does not endorse water fluoridation. Has the
Agency taken any steps to have EPA removed from the list of endorsers of
water fluoridation published by the American Dental Association? If you
have, have they complied?

(2) What chronic toxicity test data are there on sodium fluorosilicate? On
hydrofluorsilicic acid?

(3 ) What steps have you taken to address questions related to the EPA's
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCL[G]) for fluoride in drinking water? If
you have not taken steps to address these questions, why not? If not, when
will you take such steps? When do you estimate that the work involved in
addressing these questions will be complete?

(4) Do you interpret Section 101(b)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act of
1996 as requiring EPA to set its MCL(G)s at a level that protects all
persons, including sensitive subpopulations, such as infants, children,
people who drink 4 or more liters of water per day, people with allergies or
hypersensitivity to fluoride, and people with renal disease?

(5) Is the Agency satisfied with fluoride doses delivered to the public via
drinking water under and MCL(G) of 4 milligrams/liter (mg/l) when added to
the fluoride intake from dental products, pesticide residues, cooking.net">food and
beverages will not cause an adverse health effect?

(6) What is the margin of safety for infants who consume drinking water
containing 4 mg/l of fluoride?

(7) What is the margin of safety for persons receiving kidney dialysis
treatment, diabetics or those who have a hypersensitivity or allergy to
fluoride who consume drinking water containing 4 mg/l of fluoride?

(8) Does the incidence of dental fluorosis among at least 22% of American
children indicate that, at least among these children, an overdosing is
occurring?

(9) What steps has the Agency taken to address the hazards identified with
fluoride exposure in the following publications that appeared since the EPA
reaffirmed its drinking water standards for fluoride? These publications
include:

(a) Neurotoxicity of sodium fluoride in rats. Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten,
P.K., Schunior, A. and Kernan, W.J., Neurotoxicology and Teratology 17
169-177 (1995).
(b) Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain. Z.Z.
Guan, Y.N. Wang, K.Q. Xiao, D.Y. Dai, Y.H. Chen, J.L. Liu, P. Sindelar and
G. Dallner, Neurotoxicology and Teratology 20 537-542 (1998).
(c) Chronic administration of aluminum-fluoride or sodium-fluoride to rats
in drinking water: alterations in neuronal and cerebrovascular integrity.
Varner, J.A., Jensen, K.F., Horvath, W., and Isaacson, R.L. Brain Research
784 284-298 (1998).
(d) Effect of high fluoride water supply on children's intelligence. Zhao,
L.B.,Liang, G.H., Wu, X.R. Fluoride 29 190-192 (1996).
(e) Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children. Li. X.S., Zhi,
J.L., and Gao, R.O., Fluoride 28 (1995).
(f) Effect of fluoride on the physiology of the pineal gland. Luke, J.A.,
Caries Research 28 204 (1994).

Please provide the committee with copies of any EPA publications, studies,
reports or memos relating to the fluoride MCL.

I respectfully request your response to our concerns. Thank you for your
attention to this matter.

Ken Calvert
Chairman
Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

enc.
KC/tjv

This is an electronic copy for information only



Tue, 27 Nov 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Fluoride: Congress asks EPA's Browner to Justify Policy to Promote Fluoride
Finally, a bit of sanity on this debate.  Good job Fluoride folks.
(You behind this Darlene?)

Jon

On Fri, 11 Jun 1999 08:10:40 -0400, "Zero Waste America"

Quote:

>http://www.zerowasteamerica.org/Fluoride.htm

>Congress asks EPA's Browner to Justify Policy to Promote Fluoride

>-----Original Message-----

>To: Recipient List Suppressed:; <Recipient List Suppressed:;>
>Date: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 1:18 PM
>Subject: E-Copy/Rep. Calvert Req. to EPA Browner

>F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., Wisconsin. Chairman GEORGE E. BROWN, JR.,
>California
>Ranking Minority Member
>___________________

>U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
>COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE
>SUITE 2320 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
>WASHINGTON, DC 20515-6301
>(202) 225-637
>TTY: (202) 226-4410
>http://www.house.gov/science/welcome/htm

>May 10, 1999

>The Honorable Carol M. Browner
>Administrator
>U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
>401 M Street, SW
>Washington, DC 20460

>Dear Administrator Browner:

>The Committee on Science has received a number of letters recently regarding
>the potential health risk from fluoride in drinking water at the current
>maximum contaminant level (MCL). According to the enclosed Salon article and
>other information I have received, the current MCL may harm human health,
>particularly in certain sensitive subpopulations such as the young, the
>elderly, diabetics and athletes. In addition, the article states the Clinton
>Administration's goal to increase the percentage of the population receiving
>fluoridated water from 62% to 75% by next year.

>I would like to request your agency's response to some questions I have
>regarding the fluoride:

>(1) I understand that EPA does not endorse water fluoridation. Has the
>Agency taken any steps to have EPA removed from the list of endorsers of
>water fluoridation published by the American Dental Association? If you
>have, have they complied?

>(2) What chronic toxicity test data are there on sodium fluorosilicate? On
>hydrofluorsilicic acid?

>(3 ) What steps have you taken to address questions related to the EPA's
>Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCL[G]) for fluoride in drinking water? If
>you have not taken steps to address these questions, why not? If not, when
>will you take such steps? When do you estimate that the work involved in
>addressing these questions will be complete?

>(4) Do you interpret Section 101(b)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act of
>1996 as requiring EPA to set its MCL(G)s at a level that protects all
>persons, including sensitive subpopulations, such as infants, children,
>people who drink 4 or more liters of water per day, people with allergies or
>hypersensitivity to fluoride, and people with renal disease?

>(5) Is the Agency satisfied with fluoride doses delivered to the public via
>drinking water under and MCL(G) of 4 milligrams/liter (mg/l) when added to
>the fluoride intake from dental products, pesticide residues, cooking.net">food and
>beverages will not cause an adverse health effect?

>(6) What is the margin of safety for infants who consume drinking water
>containing 4 mg/l of fluoride?

>(7) What is the margin of safety for persons receiving kidney dialysis
>treatment, diabetics or those who have a hypersensitivity or allergy to
>fluoride who consume drinking water containing 4 mg/l of fluoride?

>(8) Does the incidence of dental fluorosis among at least 22% of American
>children indicate that, at least among these children, an overdosing is
>occurring?

>(9) What steps has the Agency taken to address the hazards identified with
>fluoride exposure in the following publications that appeared since the EPA
>reaffirmed its drinking water standards for fluoride? These publications
>include:

>(a) Neurotoxicity of sodium fluoride in rats. Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten,
>P.K., Schunior, A. and Kernan, W.J., Neurotoxicology and Teratology 17
>169-177 (1995).
>(b) Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain. Z.Z.
>Guan, Y.N. Wang, K.Q. Xiao, D.Y. Dai, Y.H. Chen, J.L. Liu, P. Sindelar and
>G. Dallner, Neurotoxicology and Teratology 20 537-542 (1998).
>(c) Chronic administration of aluminum-fluoride or sodium-fluoride to rats
>in drinking water: alterations in neuronal and cerebrovascular integrity.
>Varner, J.A., Jensen, K.F., Horvath, W., and Isaacson, R.L. Brain Research
>784 284-298 (1998).
>(d) Effect of high fluoride water supply on children's intelligence. Zhao,
>L.B.,Liang, G.H., Wu, X.R. Fluoride 29 190-192 (1996).
>(e) Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children. Li. X.S., Zhi,
>J.L., and Gao, R.O., Fluoride 28 (1995).
>(f) Effect of fluoride on the physiology of the pineal gland. Luke, J.A.,
>Caries Research 28 204 (1994).

>Please provide the committee with copies of any EPA publications, studies,
>reports or memos relating to the fluoride MCL.

>I respectfully request your response to our concerns. Thank you for your
>attention to this matter.

>Ken Calvert
>Chairman
>Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

>enc.
>KC/tjv

>This is an electronic copy for information only



Tue, 27 Nov 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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 Relevant Pages 

1. Anti-Fluoride Radio Interview with EPA's Dr. Carton

2. Anti-Fluoride Radio Interview with EPA's Dr. Carton

3. Nutrient fluoride? (was Re: fluoride alle

4. Nutrient fluoride? (was Re: fluoride alle)

5. 50th Anniversary of fluoride, fluoride and caries

6. Cancer and Fluoride (was fluoride allergy)

7. Nutrient fluoride? (was Re: fluoride allergy)

8. Nutrient fluoride? (was Re: fluoride allergy)

9. Fluoride 27 (4) 238 1994 - all mentioned in these anti-fluoride sites

10. Fluoride and fluoride


 
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