Queenslanders For Safe Water Air and Food Inc
14th May 2009
WORST AUSTRALIAN “FLUORIDE” ACCIDENT
Premier Bligh today announced an accident at the North Pine Dam Water
treatment plant on May 1st when water massively overdosed with Sodium
Silicofluoride was released into the public water supply.
About 4,000 homes are believed to have received water containing 30mg/l
fluoride. This level is nearly 40 times higher than the 0.8 mg/L Qld Health
advised in Nov 2008 was to be the level for water supplies in SE Qld.
Water with 30 mg/L fluoride ion is equivalent to 120 fluoride tablets per
litre of water, or 30 fluoride tablets per 250 ml glass, yet the Premier
has denied that there was a health risk.
At a media opportunity on 5th October 2008 , the spokesperson for Prominent,
supplier of fluoridation equipment used in Qld, told Stephen Robertson,
then Qld Health Minister, that the maximum fluoridators could inject was 0.8
It appears that there has been three major malfunctions , one with the
injector continuing to inject much more fluoride into the water than it was
supposed to, combined with failures of the automatic inline monitoring and
automatic failsafe shutdown system.
Despite fluoride levels being able to be measured in seconds with ion
selective electrodes, it was not until 12 days after the accident that SEQ
Water received test results showing the extremely high fluoride levels. WHY
THIS HUGE DELAY ????
Despite the Premiers denial of harm, persons consuming this water were
overdosed 40 fold with fluoride. People particularly at risk of harm
include Diabetics, the Kidney impaired , people with chemical sensitivity
or hypersensitivity to fluoride and infants.
Mothers in the suburbs affected, who made up a day’s worth of baby bottles
with tap water on the morning of 1st May would have overdosed vulnerable
infants at every feed . The huge bolus dose of fluoride could have
permanently damaged children’s developing teeth but this damage, Dental
Fluorosis, will not be seen until their teeth erupt from the gums.
The Premier has previously received documented medical evidence that
exposure to fluoride at 1mg/L can drastically reduce lung function in a
sensitive person. It can only be imagined what could happen with a sensitive
person drinking water at 30mg/L.
Fluoridation is unethical mass medication, with a poison that insidiously
accumulates within the body with 99% of retained fluoride being stored in
Accidents can and will happen, human beings will always make mistakes and
errors of judgment, equipment will always malfunction.
Queenslanders For Safe Water, Air and Food Inc demand that the Premier and
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young immediately shut down all Prominent
fluoride dosage units at all treatment plants and a full investigation be
Authorised by Merilyn Haines spokesperson for Queenslanders For Safe Water,
Air and Food Inc www.qawf.org
media contact 0418 777 112
FLUORIDE DOSING LEVELS (Advice from Qld Health received 19/11/2008
from Environmental Health Branch-Queensland Health Ph. 3234 1258)
Zone 1: 0.6mg/L ( North East Queensland) Zone 2: 0.7mg/L ( Rest of Qld)
Zone 3: 0.8mg/L ( South East Queensland)
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