Jun 7, 2020
By Carol Goodwin Blick, editor, CleanWaterSonomaMarin.org
TSCA EPA FLUORIDATION TRIAL SCHEDULE & ZOOM ACCESS
3:17-cv-02162-EMC - Food & Water Watch, Inc. et al v. Environmental Protection Agency et al
A bench trial before Judge Edward M. Chen will be held in U.S. Federal Court in San Francisco, beginning on June 8, 2020 at 8:30 AM.
TRIAL DATES are set for June 8, 2020, June 9, 2020, June 10, 2020, June 12, 2020, June 15, 2020, June 16, 2020, June 17, 2020, and June 19, 2020. Trial days will last from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Court may determine that certain full trial days may be necessary as the trial progresses. Thursdays are dark. There will be a total of up to eight trial days, including June 8; the length of trial is subject to further modification by the Court.
HOW TO WATCH THE TRIAL FROM HOME
Due to COVID-19, the entire trial will be streamed live on Zoom. This means you can watch or listen from any computer or mobile device with internet.
We recommend downloading Zoom for your device prior to Monday morning. You can do that by visiting the Zoom Download Center at zoom.us
If you cannot, or would prefer not to download Zoom, you can also listen to the trial using your phone as you would a typical conference call.
RECORDING OR REBROADCASTING COURT PROCEEDINGS IS PROHIBITED BY THE COURT.
Here is the direct Zoom link to watch the trial on Monday:
Meeting ID: 160 727 5798
If you choose not to use Zoom, here is the Northern California phone number for audio only: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Find a number for another location: https://zoom.us/u/ac4JkPfcjo
NOTE: If, for any reason, you need to find the link elsewhere, FAN will be posting the link on its Homepage - www.fluoridealert.org - also the link can be found on Judge Chen's daily docket page under Food & Water Watch, Inc et al v. Environmental Protection Agency et al.:
Submitted by Carol Goodwin Blick, Editor, CleanWaterSonomaMarin.org
Relying on the citizen petition provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a lawsuit in federal court challenges the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re. community water fluoridation, a practice endorsed by the U.S. Public Health Service 70 years ago, and affecting 200 million Americans on public water systems today. Demonstrating neurotoxic risk is central to the plaintiffs’ case under TSCA.
Plaintiffs include the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), Moms Against Fluoridation, the consumer advocacy groupFood and Water Watch, and several individuals representing themselves and/or their children.
On 5/8/2020 the court denied an EPA request to exclude the testimony of 3 international experts, clearing them to testify on the neurotoxic risks of community water fluoridation in a federal court trial in San Francisco beginning 6/8/2020. Those 3 experts on neurotoxicity are Dr. Philippe Grandjean of Harvard and the U. of Southern Denmark, Dr. Howard Hu of the U. of Washington, and Dr. Bruce Lanphear of Simon Fraser U. in British Columbia.
In a separate ruling, the court restricted testimony to the toxic risks under TSCA. EPA’s defense cannot include the purported oral health benefits of fluoridation.
The hearing laid the final groundwork for a remote access trial beginning 6/8/2020, originally set to run for two weeks, now compressed to 12 hours for each side to help deal with a backlog from the recent COVID-19-related closing of federal courts.
Information on public access to the trial will not be available before the Sonoma County Gazette’s June print edition pub. date. Live-streaming is not planned, and the court’s decision on audio recording is pending. There will be a limited number of cell phone access “listening stations” for members of the public, but the trial schedule has not been set, and listening access protocols have not been released.
As information on schedule and public access becomes available, it will be posted in the Gazette’s June 2020 online edition <https://www.sonomacountygazette.com >, and on the homepage of < http://www.cleanwatersonomamarin.org >.
By Ceylan Karasapan Crow
Information compiled from: Clean Water Sonoma-Marin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the fluoride Action Network web sites.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a United States law, passed by the United States Congress in 1976 and administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that regulates the introduction of already existing or new chemicals.
In an effort to streamline this emerging science to the public in a clear, digestible way, Fluoride Action Network (FAN)° has created a one page document to help local campaigners, scientists, and decision makers get up to speed on the latest science on fluoride’s neurotoxicity.
°The FAN website, FluorideAlert.org offers the most complete archive of scientific studies and reports on fluoridation, and is home to an evolving catalogue of bothfull length documentaries and short videos ( http://fluoridealert.org/fan-tv ), including FAN interviews with dentists, toxicologists, and other leading figures in fluoride research.
Chemist and toxicologist Dr. Paul Connett, PhD, consults on fluoridation issues and works to stop public water fluoridation throughout the United States, in Europe and in Asia. Dr. Connett is Executive Director of the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP) (AEHSP). In addition, he and his wife Ellen Connett are founder/directors of Fluoride Action Network (FAN), a coalition of citizens and scientists from 14 countries who work to end fluoridation through informed debate.
FAN's Research Director, Chris Neurath, has released a new powerpoint presentation that summarizes the extensive scientific evidence that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxicant. This powerpoint is also available with notes.
In this new video, Professor Paul Connett explains in detail the toxicology science of fluoride. His presentation "The Neurotoxicity of Fluoride: Science versus Denial" is a must-watch for fluoride proponents and opponents alike.
Dr. Paul Connett, PhD, director of FAN, says of the scientific evidence
“As of 2020 there have been 72 fluoride-IQ studies, of which 64 found a lower IQ among children with higher fluoride exposure. Many of the earlier studies were in places with elevated natural fluoride levels. There is now very strong evidence that fluoride damages both the fetal and infant brain at the levels used in artificially fluoridated areas.”
“You only have to read four studies to realize that deliberately adding fluoride to drinking water unnecessarily endangers children’s brains. Three* of these four studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health.”
Sonoma County Water Source: About half Sonoma County’s potable water comes from groundwater accessed through wells. The balance originates in the Russian River, and is supplied through the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA). Recycled water use for agricultural and landscape irrigation is expanding to relieve demands on increasingly scarce potable water supplies.
Sonoma County Water Systems: Private wells meet some residential and agricultural needs. Some communities, like Healdsburg, Sebastopol and Cloverdale, are supplied by municipal well fields. Some are fully supplied by SCWA. Others, like Rohnert Park and Sonoma, use a combination of municipal wells and water from SCWA.
The Sonoma County Board Of Supervisors has “postponed indefinitely” any consideration of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) proposal to fluoridate Sonoma County water through the Sonoma County Water Agency (originally an item on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors agenda 5/19/2015, item removed before the meeting). As of the 2016 elections, a majority of Sonoma County Supervisors is on the record opposing fluoridated tap water for Sonoma County.
Looking Ahead, Sonoma County residents should be reassured to know that future attempts to fluoridate water in Sonoma County will not be through the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) . Even if, some day, the issue returns to the Board of Supervisors, the unanimity requirement among signers to the Sonoma County Water Agency Restructured Agreement for Water Supply cannot be met as long as the City of Cotati, the City of Sonoma, and the Valley of the Moon Water District continue their formal rejection of fluoridation.
PETALUMA: Petaluma does NOT add fluoride to water.
SANTA ROSA: The Sonoma County Department of Public Health has declared a renewed focus on fluoridating the City of Santa Rosa (announced at the second annual Sonoma County Dental Health Summit, 9/25/2016), although, so far, no traction has been gained.
THE CITY OF HEALDSBURG: remains fluoridated. For information and updates, visit Safe Water Healdsburg online.Fluoride is added to
North Marin Water District (NMWD) remains unfluoridated due to the full committment of the NMWD Board of Directors, which is grateful for Clean Water Sonoma-Marin’s successful efforts to stop attempts to fluoridate through the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA). 80% of NMWD water, including water for the City of Novato, is provided by SCWA.
Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) remains fluoridated. Clean Water Sonoma-Marin is holding individual meetings with Marin Municipal Water District board members. The good news is that we are talking at last, not just limited to three minute comments at MMWD Board meetings.
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