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Fluoride spill at water facility burns holes in parking lot cement but it's Ok to Drink

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A recent chemical spill at a water treatment facility in Rock Island, Ill., required the assistance of an emergency relief crew decked in the very same type of hazmat suits being worn by workers at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan. Except instead of radiation, the leaked chemical at the water plant was actually hydrofluorosilicic acid, a chemical fluoride component commonly added to drinking supplies for the stated purpose of preventing cavities. This fluoride chemical is so hazardous that it actually began to burn through parking lot cement in Rock Island before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

According to reports from WQAD News 8 in Moline, a tanker truck delivering the fluoride began to overflow, leaking the chemical directly onto the parking lot where it spilled down towards the street. And before emergency crews arrived on the scene in full hazmat suits and gas masks, the fluoride had actually begun to burn a hole right through the concrete.

“It’s a corrosive agent that the water treatment plant uses,” said Rock Island assistant fire chief Jeff Yerkey, concerning the spilled fluoride. He explained that the crews had to use earthen berms, dirt, sand, and commercial broom equipment to stop the leak. Yerkey also added that there was no “inhalation hazard” from the incident, and no evacuation of local residents was required.

See the full WQAD News 8 video report of the incident, which includes footage of hazmat workers being hosed off after the incident to ensure that no fluoride residues remained.

What is truly amazing about the incident is that this very same fluoride, which fire chief Yerkey specifically called a “corrosive agent,” is deliberately added to drinking water supplies across the nation. This highly-toxic chemical that, when spilled, requires similar protective equipment as does a radioactive fallout situation, is being added to millions of Americans drinking water supplies every single day in the name of promoting health.

In reality, the events surrounding this fluoride spill are more than enough proof for any rationally-minded person that adding this poison to water supplies is a bad idea. Anything that requires the use of a protective suit and gas mask in order to handle — and that burns a hole directly through concrete — simply cannot be good for the body when ingested.


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  • Robert

    The only water plants that this same chemical gets near in the EU are in Ireland and a couple of regions of England. We asked in vain EU Commissioner Verheugen to stop our governments adding to our drinking water a substance explicitly listed in the EU Hazardous Waste Directive 91/689/EEC. But his evasions and denials have now spawned the EU teaser “When is EU hazardous waste not hazardous waste? When it is added to Irish or English drinking water?”

  • Leugner

    Pump that waste into the sea.

  • JanB

    This is beyond funny – an additive supposed to prevent cavities that when spilled, burns them in concrete :-D

    It is another case of US profiteering gone mad. Drinking tea supplies one with enough fluoride, too much and damage is done.


  • The Magic M

    You do realize that it’s the dosis that makes the drug?

    Too much of anything can kill you, be it fluoride, bread or water.

    • JanB

      Even in a small dose, fluorine is toxic. But apart from that, humans, contrary to plants and trees, are supposed to metabolize organic material instead of solutions of ions.

      Thanks to superior US nuclear technology (as installed in Japan), it will soon be discovered what the beneficial effects of low doses of plutonium are :!:

  • Leugner

    My latest invention is the Fluoro-Radithor cartridge as an aftermarket accessory for your brand named plastic water jug.

  • Robert

    Fluoride overload was demonstrated by the 2003 UK National Diet & Nutrition Survey, affecting two in ten adults in non-fluoridated regions and six in ten where fluorosilicates are added to drinking water(W & E Midlands and N.East).These fluoride ‘doses’ are already causing chronic problems e.g. widespread thyroid malfunction but Irish or UK dentists are in denial of systemic effects of this daft practice.

    • JanB

      Fluorine is a waste product from phosphate fertilizer production and what is more profitable than selling what otherwise would have to be taken care of as toxic waste?

      In Panama, tap water isn’t polluted with fluorine but most dental “care” products (imported from the US) are.

  • Leugner

    Maybe arresting the criminals offers the best way forward.

  • Robert

    I wish the Irish government which pays to import this hazardous waste, fluorosilicic acid, to dose into our water plants, was as fast a learner as JanB, who seems to realize this is a typical US-style corporate scam where the only beneficiaries are not consumers but the fertilizer producers. The shame of it here in the EU is that the Irish and UK governments have bought into this scam and still hide behind the lies of the dental establishment who deny the evidence of widespread harm from fluoride over-dosing. If ever Irish or English consumers needed the European Commission to protect them from their dysfunctional national health apparatchiks, it is NOW. Leugner, ‘liars’ is the term I used but you said ‘criminals’……. maybe you are right!

    • JanB

      Robert, it’s almost impossible that a govt doesn’t know the effects of fluoridated water (excerpt):

      – USAF Major George R. Jordan testified before Un-American Activity committees of Congress in the 1950’s that in his post as U.S.-Soviet liaison officer, the Soviets openly admitted to “Using the fluoride in the water supplies in their concentration camps, to make the prisoners stupid, docile, and subservient.”

      – The first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water on Earth was found in Germany’s Nazi prison camps. The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride’s supposed effect on children’s teeth; their alleged reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to sterilize humans and force the people in their concentration camps into calm submission. (Ref. book: “The Crime and Punishment of I.G. Farben” by Joseph Borkin.)



      Maybe you remember how in the UK a battle was waged between Thatcher (supported by her US buddy Reagan) and miners who wanted to keep their job, that resulted in a great loss for labor unions in general.

      It was the start of the so called “financial industry” which is but a kind of Ponzi scheme to transfer money from populations to the banks (= corporations, plutocrats). When it is possible to make a fortune with the “financial industry”, who needs well educated people with a like for science and engineering (IOW production of knowledge and goods benefiting fellow creatures)?

      • Kricket

        Thank you JanB for providing this info. Back in the early to mid 90’s before the WWW was a way of life, I found a history on flouride and the first observation of its effects were from the 1890’s in the production of aluminum in Germany. Since the by-product of the manufacturing process is greater than the ‘finished’ tangible product, the greed mongers have devised ways of a profit versus free poisoning. Sad to say that the importance of money and power is what we all have been conditioned to. Through this whole poisoning process the majority of humans have had common sense and personal responsibility eradicated from their genes.

        • JanB

          You’re welcome Kricket. One of the most unscientific disciplines is economics, with idiocies like that of “growth forever” on a planet with finite resources.

          Also, the complete disregard of damage to the environment and the issue that money only has value in a context of sufficient energy at affordable cost – which is ending.

          Human resources aren’t counted at all, the idea is, it regards a supply without limitations. Fluorine and similar poisons are used, ignoring the negative effects on human well-being and creativeness (intelligence).

          What banksters and their corporate minions also overlook is that their orgy of greed has led to a system of security where the personnel can calculate that an “accident” to their billionaire bosses could be more profitable than working for 40 years as security employee.

  • Leugner

    The worlds worst leaders..

  • Greg Logan

    The sky is falling…. again! My father was a dentist thru the late ’40’s untill he died in ’97 and he always maintained that flouride in water was the biggest advancement for dentistry since the speed drill.

  • skreamer

    What most people don’t know is
    1. Hitler had it dumped into the dams of the countries he was about to invade.
    2. In Australia 5 out of 7 tranquilizers have it as there main ingredient.
    Thats right, this rat poison in micro doses makes people apathetic. thats the only reason they put it into the water, so they can control you better.
    If the govt cared about your teeth….they would give you free dental care!
    your trapped in a nightmare!

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