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By Carol Goodwin Blick – January 30, 2024

Friends, we needed this – not just updated dates, times, access codes,
but an answer to the big question, the wording of the question the Court
will rule on, yes or no. Many thanks to our long-time mentor, Rick North.

If you wonder, who is Rick North?, I wondered the same years ago, at the
beginning of our successful Clean Water Sonoma County campaign. Then
Rick was a member of the volunteer steering committee keeping fluoride
out of Portland, Oregon’s pristine water. I learned Rick was also a
director at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, after 21 year
career at the American Cancer Society, including five years as excutive
vice president of the Oregon chapter. Here’s a 2011 glimpse of Rick
before the Clean Water Portland campaign:

Scroll down for Rick’s EPA/TSCA fluoridation trial update.

On 1/29/2024 1:34 PM, Rick North <> wrote:
Re: Fluoridation on trial – an update

Everyone (FAN advisory committee, FAN AEHSP board, FAN speakers bureau,
Coalition to End Fluoridation, Moms vs. Fluoridation, Safe Water
Spokane, Safe Water Calgary, Clean Water Oregon, Clean Water Newport,
Safe Water Albany, other individual leaders)  –

Here we go!

Water fluoridation is on trial in federal district court in San
Francisco (Food and Water Watch et al vs. Environmental Protection
Agency), and will start this Wednesday, January 31.

The court will rule – yes or no – on this question: Is fluoridation an
unreasonable risk to human health?

Lead attorney for our side Michael Connett had urged the judge to make
the trial available to the public by Zoom, and he agreed. It’s available
for viewing in its entirety. Just click on the first link and you can
access it easily:

Webinar ID: 161 991 1861
Password: 912881

The trial will be in session until February 14. We hope you can watch as
much of it as your schedule allows and at least glimpse what is going
on. The schedule is below. Ending times for all days may not be precise,
depending upon the court’s discretion. Feb. 2, 5 and 9 may go
significantly longer. All times are Pacific standard:

Weds. Jan. 31   8:00 a.m  – 12:30 p.m
Thurs., Feb. 1  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 5     8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 6   8:00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Weds., Feb. 7   8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 12   8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 13  8:00 a.m. – Noon
Weds., Feb. 14  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To see FAN’s more detailed article and a timeline for the entire
lawsuit, go to

I’ll be flying to San Francisco early tomorrow and stay the rest of this
week to see this historic trial in person. If anyone needs to contact
me, please call or text my cell phone at 503-706-0352. I’ll also be
checking e-mail, but it will be sporadic.

We’ll all be hoping for the best –


Carol Goodwin Blick is with Clean Water Sonoma Marin

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