Public invited to presentation on fluoride removal from Potsdam water supply


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POTSDAM — The public is invited to learn more about the issue of fluoride being removed from the Potsdam Village water supply on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Potsdam Town Hall Community Room at 18 Elm St.

The featured speaker is Dr. Paul Connett, Ph.D., acting director of the Fluoride Action Network speaking on the “Fifty Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation.” The Connett family is in large part responsible for the removal of fluoride from the Village of Canton water supply in the early 2000s.

Also on hand will be Walden Village Mayor Susan Rumbold and Trustee Lynn Thompson, sharing Walden’s roadmap and their board’s recent unanimous decision to remove fluoridation from their 7,000 resident’s water supply. There will be time for questions as well.

The village of Potsdam is tasked with deciding whether to replace or remove the antiquated 35-year-old equipment that has been adding fluoride to the village water supply. The Board of Trustees voted on April 16 to spend a $9,900 grant for a study laying out the cost options. The final decision has yet to be made, and may end up as a public referendum.

The event speaker, Dr. Paul Connett, is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He retired from teaching chemistry at St. Lawrence University in 2006, where he specialized in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. Over the past 32 years, he has given over 2,500 pro bono public presentations regarding his research.

All are welcome to attend this free educational event. Questions may be directed to Chelle at 315-261-1926.


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