Sheridan Group Wants to Block Fluoridation

(Photo by Ron Richter)
(Photo by Ron Richter)

Leaders of a group in Sheridan opposing fluoridation of the town's water system say they're prepared to take legal action to prevent fluoride from being added to the city's drinking water. Sarah Mercer is a member of the group, called Clean Water Sheridan.

The group maintains that a general-election vote in 1953 should have ended water fluoridation, so the Sheridan City Council should not have been able to vote in 2010 to resume the practice. The group maintains that only a ballot measure should have allowed fluoridation to resume. The group has now hired an attorney in hopes of seeking a court injunction to halt fluoridation.

City officials plan to install a fluoridation system at both of the city's water treatment plants next month. Proponents say fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, especially among youngsters whose families can not afford to make regular visits to the dentists.

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