“Due to the OH and S implications associated with the handling of this chemical…”

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“The drinking water supplied from the Robinvale, Mildura, Mildura West, Red Cliffs, Swan Hill & Kerang Water Treatment Plants (WTP’s) has been fluoridated in line with the requirements of the Health (Fluoridation) Act 1973. The fluoride is dosed using two dosing systems (in line with the fluoride compound used to add fluoride into the water): ‘Fluorodose’ process in which sodium fluoride is used to add fluoride to the water at Robinvale WTP. This system is used for small to medium installations to significantly reduce OH&S issues and improve ease of operation. Hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA) dosing system at the other WTP’s. Due to the OH&S implications associated with the handling of this chemical, Fluoride dosing is accomplished under very strictly controlled and monitored conditions.”

– Source: Lower Murray Water

Let’s break it down:

The Health (Fluoridation) Act 1973 specifically protects water supply authorities, like Lower Murray Water (LMW), from any liability as a result of damages that may be caused by water fluoridation. It is a very devious piece of legislation, crafted by people who knew exactly which chemicals they were going to use for water fluoridation and how highly toxic these are. No wonder LMW has to cover its arse and cite the Act.

Also very noteworthy is the fact that LMW does not specify what these OH&S dangers are. Of course they would not dare do that. Because if they actually listed the Material Safety Data Sheets for these highly toxic chemicals and the lab analyses that accompany them, no consumer in their right mind would drink tap water!

Of course they are not going to mention that inorganic fluorides, like sodium fluoride, are “major by products of the phosphate fertilizer industry… act as enzyme inhibitors and have wide-ranging effects” (1, p. vii), or that, “in recent years, several investigations demonstrated that fluoride can induce oxidative stress and modulate intracellular redox homeostasis, lipid peroxidation and protein carbonyl content, as well as alter gene expression and cause apoptosis. Genes modulated by fluoride include those related to the stress response, metabolic enzymes, the cell cycle, cell-cell communications and signal transduction” (2).

Of course they are not going to mention that the Material Safety Data Sheet for Hydrofluorosilicic Acid states clearly that it is a Schedule 7 Poison (i.e. being of high to extremely high toxicity). Oh, and it also eats through concrete when you spill it (just a minor side note, of course!). Is it any wonder why LMW doesn’t want to get into specifics on its website about Occupational Health and Safety dangers!!

They force you to drink it via legislation, but have the same legislation protect them from liability if you were to be harmed. They don’t disclose the full toxicity of the chemicals they use by providing MSDS and/or lab data, yet note they are scared of the OH&S dangers from handling these chemicals.



Author: AFA Mildura

Administrator, Anti-Fluoridation Association of Mildura

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