August 27, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. — Opponents of a plan to add fluoride to Portland’s water supply are not waiting for the City Council to pass the proposal.
The group Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water says it will ask voters in 2014 to ban fluoride from a water supply that serves about 900,000 residents in Portland, Gresham, Tigard and Tualatin.
Opponents must collect about 30,000 signatures from Portland voters to put the issue on the ballot.
“Based on the public outcry on this issue, I have no doubt that we will be able to collect enough signatures,” Kimberly Kaminski, the group’s executive director, told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/XaXWa0 ) ahead of a Wednesday press conference to announce the initiative campaign.
According to language in Kaminski’s proposal, which has not been submitted to the city, the initiative would prohibit Portland from adding “any chemical or other substance … that is a by-product of any industrial or manufacturing process,” other than those that make water drinkable.