The Fluoride Action Network reported that a start date has been set for the next phase of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) lawsuit filed in 2017 to ban the addition of fluoride to drinking water. The trial will begin again on January 29, 2024.
From the Fluoride Action Network website:
“The court has set aside two weeks to hear testimony and cross-examination of expert witnesses focused on new evidence and science published since the last trial dates in 2020, including the NTP’s 6-year systematic review of fluoride’s neurotoxicity. The start date was agreed upon by both parties, and was the earliest practical date based on the calendars for the Court and attorneys….” The draft NTP monograph is undergoing final review by NTP’s Board of Scientific Counselors before publication of the final document.
Link to Fluoride Action Network website:
Link to the draft NTP 6-year systematic review (1,500+ pages):
Link to website describing the NTP’s Board of Scientific Counselors Working Group process. The Working Group’s recommendations were presented at a May 4, 2023 meeting. At this location, there is a link to the Working Groups report (700+ pages):
Background: On November 23, 2016 a petition was filed under TSCA requesting that EPA prohibit the addition of fluoridation chemicals to US water supplies. The stated objective of the petition was to “protect the public and susceptible subpopulations from the neurotoxic risks of fluoride by banning the addition of fluoridation chemicals to water.’’ The petition was submitted by the following organizations: Fluoride Action Network, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and several individuals. In a decision published February 27, 2017 EPA denied the petition. EPA concluded that the “petition has not set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride in the U.S. through the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to drinking water or otherwise from fluoride exposure in the U.S.” In April 2017 the petitioners filed a lawsuit in a California District Court. A 7-day trial was held in June 2020, with no ruling by the Court.