Fluoridation opponents could get issue to voters

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Opponents of a decision by Traverse City commissioners to continue adding fluoride to the public water supply could get the issue before voters in November.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1nLxFYm ) Ben Hansen, who leads the group Fluoride Free in TC, is among those working to pull together a petition to circulate among Traverse City voters to create an ordinance that would stop fluoridation.

City commissioners voted 5-1 this month to continue fluoridation. The Grand Traverse County Health Department cites studies saying fluoridation helps prevent tooth decay and is safe.

The petition would need signatures from 527 registered Traverse City voters and must be filed with the city clerk's office by July 29. Once a petition is filed, commissioners can adopt it or send the issue to the voters.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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