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29 Jan 2017

City’s $34,500 dollar per year sodium fluoride program to be subject of public hearing Monday

Posted by Adam Howell


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The City of Durango is having a public hearing about its policy of dosing the municipal drinking water with sodium fluoride on Monday, January 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

These bags of Solvay brand sodium fluoride sit on a pallet at the City of Durango's Water Treatment Plant in January, 2017.

These bags of Solvay brand sodium fluoride sit on a pallet at the City of Durango’s Water Treatment Plant in January, 2017.

Jim Forleo, an opponent of Durango’s fluoridation program, obtained information from the City of Durango through an open records request that details the expenses that the City incurs each year with the sodium fluoridation program. According to Forleo:

“The cost of fluoridation:
Sodium Fluoride- $16,000
Laboratory analysis $ 7,000
Feed repair parts and materials $1500
Labor $10,000
Total——————$34,500. per year

Volumizer machine-$30,000 fully depreciated, 15years old.

New machine is $30,000,” wrote Forleo.

This blogger was given a tour of Durango’s Water Treatment Plant last Friday.

Sodium fluoride bags say that they are made in China

On the back of the Solvay sodium fluoride bags that the City of Durango has sitting on a pallet in its water treatment plant, it says, “Made in China.”

One of the things that I’ve been trying to learn more about afterwards is the chemical plant in China where the sodium fluoride is made. On the back of the sodium fluoride bag is the name Shanghai Mintchem Development Co., Ltd. A search for that name on all internet web browsers produces very little information. One document that I did find was a report by Underwriter Laboratories Inc. on the sodium fluoride product, which a municipality in Utah has as a PDF document.

This report talks about a laboratory analysis of the sodium fluoride that’s produced at the request of Shanghai Mintchem Development Co., Ltd. It is later packaged and then sold to the City of Durango under the Solvay brand, which has a corporate office in Houston, Texas.

Beyond this report, there are very few online mentions of the plant, which I found several names for. The names I came up with were Tati-You County Fine Chemical Factory in Zhozhou City, China. I also found Youxian XinXing Fine Chemical Plant at 75, Chenguang Industrial Rd in Huaihua, Hunan. Another name that was mentioned was Tati Fluoride Salts Plant.

I was unable to locate any related photos from Google Earth or mapping websites online. Please email me if you are able to find pictures of the sodium fluoride plant in Hunan, China. Thanks!

This is the back of a Solvay brand sodium fluoride bag at the City of Durango's Water Treatment plant in January, 2017.

This is the back of a Solvay brand sodium fluoride bag at the City of Durango’s Water Treatment plant in January, 2017.

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