Fluoride chemicals and terrorists activity
Salt Lake Tribune - Tuesday, October 16, 2001
A Sept. 26 New York Times article on the security of our water
supplies is astounding in its misinformation. It states, "Poisoning
the voluminous rivers and reservoirs nourishing cities would require
truckloads of chemical or biological agents that would be difficult
to produce and relatively easy to spot, experts say."
Well, guess what folks? There are truckloads of highly toxic
chemicals already sitting in most water treatment plants: chlorine
and fluorosilicic acid. In the tunnel fire in Baltimore this summer,
what chemical was feared most? "The most dangerous of the train's
load of chemicals, according to experts, is fluorosilicic acid," the
Baltimore Sun reported on July 20.
Fluorosilicic acid, which is used to fluoridate water supplies,
has always been a toxic threat. Unlike chlorine, which is very
noticeable by its odor, fluorosilicic acid is odorless and tasteless.
Numerous incidents have occurred where pumps have failed and a toxic
slug of acid was injected into water supplies. Many people have
become ill and some have died (see
www.fluoridealert.org/accidents.htm.) In one case in Middletown, Md.,
the mayor considered calling out the National Guard to warn residents
not to drink the water after a spill, but decided not to because he
did not want to alarm the residents. They flushed out the entire
system by opening all the fire hydrants instead.
There is a frightening parallel between the availability of planes
to hijackers and the ready availability of highly toxic chemicals at
water treatment plants. Tom Curtis of the American Water Works
Association was quoted in the Times story as saying: "We don't need
to advertise where the weakest links in the armor are."
Maybe the terrorists already know.
ROBERT J. CARTON, Ph.D.
Salt Lake Tribune -- Utah's Statewide Newspaper
Last modified: 18 October 2001