On April 2nd, Communities for Thriving Water FLUORIDE-FREE SAN MARCOS submitted a City Charter Amendment petition to the City of San Marcos. The petition contains 1,634 signatures from registered San Marcos voters who agree: the city’s addition of HYDROFLUOROSILICIC ACID to the city drinking water is a concern and should go on the ballot for voters to decide this November.
Under Texas law, this petition meets the legal requirement to get the issue on the ballot.
Last week, however, the City of San Marcos filed a lawsuit against Communities for Thriving Water Fluoride-Free San Marcos and it’s organizers in an effort to block this issue from being placed on the ballot for voters to decide. The City’s lawsuit also seeks to force them to pay as much as $100,000 to the city.
“This is beyond ridiculous, it is a shocking abuse of power,” Coordinator Kathleen O’Connell said, “Our petition is legal. We have met all the requirements of the state law. San Marcos voters now have the right to go to the ballot box and say, ‘City of San Marcos, we don’t want this added to our drinking water anymore.’ “
HYDROFLUOROSILICIC ACID, the “Fluoride” the city puts in the water, is a chemical by-product that comes from fertilizer plants. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for it indicates that it contains arsenic and lead. The EPA defines it as industrial waste and forbids its addition to rivers, lakes, and oceans. Despite all of this, and despite the fact that the Federal Food and Drug Administration has NEVER approved it as a drug to prevent cavities, the City of San Marcos persists in adding HYDROFLUOROSILICIC ACID to city drinking water as a means of ‘mass-dosing’ local residents.
“We remain fully committed to getting this issue on the ballot so San Marcos voters can decide”, said O’Connell. We have been talking with the City Staff and City Council for over 2 years now to get them to address this serious water quality issue. It’s time for the city to stop the delays and put this on the ballot.”
CONTACT: KATHLEEN O’CONNELL
Coordinator, Communities for Thriving Water FLUORIDE-FREE SAN MARCOS