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Anti-Fluoride Group Submits More than 35,000 Signatures to Portland in 'Confident' Bid to Force Vote

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 In a country where fluoride is added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies to supposedly aid in the prevention of cavities, Portland, Oregon stands out from the crowd.

 Portland is the largest city in the United States that has yet to add fluoride to its water supply, a stance that was set to change thanks to a unanimous city council vote in September 2012.

 However, Portland residents were not content to sit still while a proven neurotoxin was added to their drinking water   so, in a move that may inspire other cities around the U.S. to follow suit, they did something about it.

Resident Signatures Set to Block Portland's Upcoming Fluoride Plan

 In Portland, referendums that challenge a City Council ordinance are granted if supporters collect signatures from at least 6 percent of registered voters, which must be done in just 30 days. To put a halt to the fluoride plan, this meant collecting 19,858 valid signatures by the deadline.

 Clean Water Portland, which opposes the water fluoridation plan, succeeded in collecting more than 43,000 signatures - and they did it a day ahead of schedule.

 Assuming the signatures are valid, plans to fluoridate Portland's drinking water will stop until the City Council either decides to repeal the ordinance or, more likely, add the potential ordinance to an upcoming ballot (most likely in May 2014) to let the voters decide.

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