MOUNTAIN VIEW: Council Approves Fluoridation Plan
The Mountain View City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to fluoridate the city's water. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 7-0 vote authorizes "engineering and environmental studies" for the $1.2 million to $1.4 million project to add fluoride to the city's tap water by 2000. While voters approved a ballot measure in November calling for the water to be fluoridated, members of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water "contend that distributing fluoride in water supplies is a health risk and that the compound's benefits in fighting tooth decay are limited." The Chronicle reports that "Mountain View has been viewed as a test case for a controversial campaign to fluoridate the rest of the county" (Workman, 12/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.