Though state Sen. Joe Markley's proposal for a ban on adding fluoride to public water supplies failed in the General Assembly this year, the Southington Republican was back at the state capitol this week pushing the idea.
Markley wants to ban the addition of fluoride in public water supplies because, he says, it adds an unfair and costly burden to water utility companies.
In renewing his case this week against the practice, Markley relied on an expert, Paul Connett, a retired chemist and college professor. Connett said that while fluoride in public water supplies has substantially reduced cavities for millions in Connecticut and the U.S., it can harm the bones and brains of young children, the Courant reports.
He also said the state, which mandates adding fluoride in public water systems, is usurping the rights of residents to decide for themselves whether to take flouride or give it to their children.
"We should never use the public water supply to deliver medicine. No doctor could do to us what the state of Connecticut is doing," the newspaper quotes Connett.