Fluoride in Chinese tap water worries Michigan community

“We depend on China for too many things,” says Port Sanilac village president Ray Mach

LEXINGTON, Michigan—The discovery that a Michigan city’s drinking water treatment plant has been adding Chinese-made fluoride to its water supply for years has upset some residents.

“That’s nonsense,” said Steve Stencel, a longtime restaurant owner in Lexington, Michigan. “It is no good at all to buy our drinking water treatment chemicals from a communist nation that is our enemy. I am surprised that any municipality buys fluoride for its drinking water in China. Our country needs to know that this is happening.

Lexington Village Utilities manager Chris Heiden said the water treatment plant has been using Chinese fluoride for years without any problems.

Fluoride is a chemical added to drinking water to help reduce tooth decay.

The Lexington Water Plant provides drinking water to residents of the village and several nearby communities. It has just under 3,000 customers.

A downtown Lexington clothing store owner said he had no idea Chinese-made fluoride was being added to the water supply.

When he found out, he said he was worried.

“It’s scary. I can’t help thinking ‘what if?'” he told The Epoch Times.

A former water plant worker told The Epoch Times, “While I was working there, I saw Chinese fluoride in 50-pound plastic bags piled on the floor. I was surprised and appalled.”

A bag of Chinese-made granular sodium fluoride being added to the community water supply in Lexington, Michigan on Aug. 2, 2021. (Steven Kovac/Epoch Times)

Doug Varty, a residential developer whose new subdivision is serviced by Lexington water, said, “That’s not true. I am not comfortable with fluorine made in China. Surely we have American products that they can use. Buying American is the way to solve the problem. If they have an alternative, they should buy it.

Village President Ray Mach of Port Sanilac, Mich., whose community plans to purchase its drinking water from Lexington, tells The Epoch Times that using Chinese-made fluoride makes him uncomfortable. .

“Look at COVID-19. Remember a few years ago how infant formula was supplemented with melamine in China itself,” Mach said. “We depend on China for too many things. We can’t even buy a surgical mask made here anymore.

In 2008, infant formula made in China was discovered to have been intentionally contaminated with melamine. The additive increased the nitrogen content of the diluted milk, making it appear to have a higher protein content. Of 294,000 victims, 59,000 were hospitalized and six babies died of kidney stones and kidney damage.

Walt Badgerow, the supervisor of nearby Worth Township, which buys its drinking water from Lexington, recently passed a resolution banning the township government from buying Chinese products if an alternative is available.

“From the moment I learned of the Lexington Water Plant’s use of Chinese-made fluoride, I was appalled,” he said. “In light of the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] history of forcing tainted animal feed on our country and selling us toys colored with lead-based paint, I am very suspicious of their quality control. I will not drink water containing Chinese chemicals.

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Downtown Lexington, Michigan, a resort town that draws its drinking water from Lake Huron, Aug. 23, 2021. (Steven Kovac/Epoch Times)

Badgerow was referring to the 2007 Chinese pet food scandal, in which melamine-tainted pet food sickened and killed cats and dogs in the United States. Toys made in China and contaminated with lead entered the United States as recently as 2018, despite protective measures put in place by Congress.

Stencel said in a previous career he had direct experience with Chinese quality control. He once demonstrated a strength-testing machine to a Detroit-area truck equipment supplier.

“The supposedly inspected and certified Chinese-made grapples we tested failed before they reached half the stress load they were certified for. It could kill someone. I can’t trust what comes from China,” he said.

Utilities director Heiden said he relies on a few independent international inspection bodies that subject chemicals such as the sodium fluoride that Lexington uses to rigorous testing as part of the export process. .

“It may be possible for us to purchase granular fluoride made in the United States. I don’t know,” Heiden said. “Wherever we buy it, it must be NSF approved.”

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A building housing the drinking water treatment plant in Lexington, Michigan on August 23, 2021. This is where China-made granular fluoride is added to the community’s water supply. (Steven Kovac/Epoch Times)

The two largest independent testing organizations are the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

Liquid fluoride is readily available from US manufacturers, but Lexington and nearby Port Huron use two different dry versions of the chemical, which are more likely to be imported. Lexington uses a granular form and Port Huron uses a powder form of fluoride.

A Port Huron water plant worker told The Epoch Times that they used fluoride powder made in China until the supply chain became so unreliable that they switched to a manufacturer. Belgian.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010 powdered and granular sodium fluoride such as that used in Lexington accounted for 15% of water fluoridation products used in the United States. Sodium fluorosilicate, another powdered fluoridation product, accounted for 10% of the products. Fluorosilicic acid, a liquid water fluoridation product, was used in 75% of the country’s water supply systems.

The largest producers of fluorosilicic acid are located in the Asia-Pacific region, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. Some of these producers are Solvay America, Inc., Honeywell International Inc., Napco Chemical Company, American Elements and IXOM.

According to Michele McRae, raw materials specialist at the National Minerals Information Center, a handful of plants in the United States produce fluorosilicic acid: JR Simplot Co. in Wyoming, Nutrien in North Carolina and Mosaic Co. in Florida and in Louisiana.

With the exception of bottled water used as a drinking beverage, the United States Food and Drug Administration does not regulate additives, such as fluoride, used in community drinking (tap) water. This regulation is left to state agencies.

“People in Michigan and across America need to be aware of our growing reliance on China in some of our most basic and vital functions like our drinking water systems. We cannot trust the CCP. We need to know what our own water plants are using,” Badgerow said.

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The Lexington Village and Township Hall is the site of the village and township government offices. It also contains the police and fire department. Aug. 23, 2021. (Steven Kovac/Epoch Times)

PVS Nolwood, the Detroit-based chemical company that supplies the Lexington water plant with Chinese-made fluoride, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

PVS Nolwood recently had its National Sanitation Foundation certification revoked for delivering four drums of sulfuric acid mistakenly labeled as liquid fluoride to the New Baltimore, Michigan water plant earlier this year. The error was discovered by a worker before the substance was added to the city’s water supply, but a fluoride storage tank and pump were damaged by the acid. No one was hurt.

Mike Bolf of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy told The Epoch Times that PVS Nolwood currently operates under its Underwriters Laboratories certification, which Bolf says is “still current and valid.” thus allowing the company to continue to do business. .

“Underwriters have assured us that they have heightened their watch on the company and are monitoring its corrective action plan,” Bolf said.

New Baltimore ceased doing business with PVS Nolwood immediately after the incident.

According to Heiden, Lexington has suspended its business relationship with the company and is using an interim supplier.

“We need to know what corrective action they (PVS Nolwood) are taking to get back into NSF compliance,” he said.

According to the CDC, 6.6 million Michigan residents receive fluoride in their municipal drinking water. The vast majority of fluoride is in liquid form and likely produced in the United States.

More than 207 million Americans had access to fluoridated water in 2018, according to the CDC.

Adding Chinese-made fluoride to U.S. drinking water is ‘of course’ a potential ‘attack vector’ for the communist regime, says author and expert on Chinese Communist Party subversion tactics Jeff Nyquist and unrestricted war.

“If the Chinese government says, ‘Oh, you do fluoride over there for the Americans’ water? Hey, we have a little extra secret sauce for your American Fluoride. I mean, it’s definitely possible,” he told The Epoch Times.

One of the things preventing the regime from doing so is the risk of getting caught, Nyquist said.

“It would be an act of war.

Does your community’s water supply system use water fluoridation products made in China? The Epoch Times would like to know. Contact us at [email protected]

Cara Ding, Ivan Pentchoukov and Petr Svab contributed to this report.

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Steven Kovac is an Epoch Times reporter who covers the state of Michigan. He is a former small business entrepreneur, local elected official and conservative political activist. He is an ordained minister of the gospel. Steven and his wife of 32 years have two adult daughters. He can be reached at [email protected]