Group trying to stop fluoridated water in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Opponents of a plan to add fluoride to Portland’s water supply are not waiting for the City Council to pass it.

The group Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water held a press conference Wednesday to announce it will ask voters in 2014 to ban fluoride from Portland’s drinking water.

Opponents must collect about 30,000 signatures from Portland voters to put the ban on the ballot.

The group’s executive director told The Oregonian newspaper it won’t be difficult.

The initiative comes less than a week after a majority of the City Council announced support for adding fluoride to a water supply serving about 900,000 residents in Portland, Gresham, Tigard and Tualatin.

A public hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 6.

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