Russellville to keep fluoride in water system

RUSSELVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Russellville Water Board has decided to keep fluoride in the city's water in response to dentists and health officials who were concerned over the chemical's removal.

Water board chairman Joe Graham said Wednesday's decision came after members heard from the state Department of Public Health and local dentists during a meeting Tuesday.

Board manager Doug Clement said in September that the city would stop adding fluoride, which is used by many municipalities to help prevent tooth decay.

Clement cited a 2006 study that concluded the Environmental Protection Agency's standard for fluoride was unsafe and should be lowered.

Supporters say fluoride is necessary for children whose families may not be able to afford dental care.

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