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Marlene Lily, George Noble, and Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh, at the Clean Water Sonoma-Marin booth, offering bilingual information at the 2014 Roseland Cinco de Mayo Festival. ¡No al fluoruro para los bebés! Photo: Image: cleanwatersonomamarin.org
Marlene Lily, George Noble, and Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh, at the Clean Water Sonoma-Marin booth, offering bilingual information at the 2014 Roseland Cinco de Mayo Festival. ¡No al fluoruro para los bebés! Photo: Image: cleanwatersonomamarin.org / Banner image: fluoridealert.org/

TSCA Fluoride Lawsuit Update 

First time in its 43-year history citizens bring a suit to court
under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provisions 

Jan 5, 2020

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By Carol Goodwin Blick

On December 31, 2019, Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,  dismissed an EPA motion for summary judgement (MSJ) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fluoride lawsuit.

This means the lawsuit will go forward. The trial has been rescheduled to begin Monday April 20 and will run for two weeks. Judge Chen delivered his ruling on New Year's Eve. What a promising start to the New Year!

A Bloomberg article, written before Judge Chen ruled against the EPA's request to dismiss the suit, explains the significance of our TSCA lawsuit. Excerpt:

Water or Fluoride? Graphic courtesy of Erin BrockovichThe case is being watched in part for what it could portend for future efforts to regulate chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act, said Erik C. Baptist, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP.

If the case goes to trial and a court eventually concludes that adding fluoride to drinking water poses an unreasonable risk, the health advocates will say the EPA must prohibit that use of fluoride.

If that scenario plays out, other groups may see filing a petition with EPA requesting a new rule as a quicker way to get a chemical regulated or banned than the risk evaluation and risk management process laid out in the statute, said Baptist, former deputy assistant administrator for law and policy in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. - "Federal Judge Asked to Let Fluoride-in-Water Case Go to Trial (1) " Bloomberg Environment (11/15/2019)

Full article here:

https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/federal-judge-to-decide-if-fluoride-in-water-case-goes-to-trial

Michaerl Connet spearheads Fan's Epa petition to assist his father Paul Connett, PhD who was one of the founders of the Fluoride Action NetworkVIDEO: Dec 31, 2019: Attorney Michael Connett gives an update on the TSCA Fluoride Lawsuit (running time 3:33)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=XdjokYWsNdA&feature=emb_logo

This is the first time in its 43-year history that citizens have been able to successfully bring a suit to court under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provisions. This is a huge moment for us,  and for the environmental movement as a whole. Finally the EPA is going to be held accountable for its decades of neglect with respect to protecting citizens from the deliberate addition of a known toxic (neurotoxic) substance to the public drinking water. Finally, we get our day in court, with experts from both sides presenting under oath.

FAN co-founder Paul Connett with William J. Hirzy, Senior Scientist.VIDEO: A brief explanation of FAN’s EPA petition. The screenshot shows FAN co-founder Paul Connett with William J. Hirzy, retired Senior Scientist for Risk Assessment at US EPA (1981-2004), just after delivering the petition to EPA, along with many boxes of documentation. http://www.cleanwatersonomamarin.org/get-the-facts/is-fluoridation-safe/fluoride-neurotoxicity/petition-to-epa/

Image source: http://fluoridealert.org/The EPA is going to be held accountable for its decades of neglect with respect to protecting citizens from the deliberate addition of a known toxic (neurotoxic) substance to the public drinking water. Image: fluoridealert.org

“We are leaving no stone unturned. The court will hear the best evidence that’s available on this issue,” says Michael Connett, the pro bono attorney for the case.

Background on the case at TSCA Fluoride Lawsuit:

http://www.cleanwatersonomamarin.org/get-the-facts/is-fluoridation-safe/fluoride-neurotoxicity/petition-to-epa/

You can help with this historic lawsuit by making a tax deductible donation to FAN now:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1415005

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