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Should Nome Fluoridate its Water?

Friday, September 30, 2011
Story by Matthew Smith

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Fluoride is a form of the chemical element fluorine.
The equipment used to fluoridate Nome’s water has been broken for several months, and the city is currently deciding whether to fix the equipment or to discontinue the fluoridation of city water entirely.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has offered to replace the city’s broken equipment and to provide a year’s worth of supplies to continue fluoridation.

Chris Fish (contact information below) is an Environmental Health Consultant for ANTHC. He was in Nome this week to speak with the Nome Joint Utility. In his view, the decision to fluoridate or not to fluoridate is clear.

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More Information

For more information, visit ANTHC’s Division of Environmental Health and Engineering on the web:

Christopher Fish, Assistant Environmental Health Consultant for ANTHC, can be contacted at:


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