Mr Brian Simpson, a Member of the European Parliment, (MEP), has written to EU Commissioner Margot Wallstrom regarding an amendment to the European Union, (EU), Drinking Water Directive due to be implemented on 25 December, 2002.

In 1997 NPWA worked hard with the European Greens (particularly Frau Hilltrud Breyer, MEP) to get the fluoride level lowered to 0.5 ppm. The Greens expected to achieve a lowering of the level - at least to 0.7 ppm. Frau Breyer phoned NPWA after a very protracted meeting, expressing her great shock that, in all her years in the Euro Parliament, she had never witnessed such an acrimonious debate.

Later, a memo written by Mr Ken Collins, (then MEP for Strathclyde and Rapporteur on the Directive) was leaked to the NPWA. Mr Collins sent the memo to every member of the European Labour Party urging them to support the existing level for Fluoride of 1.5 ppm.

NOW, an Amendment - quietly passed - will allow toxic waste fluoridation chemicals to be classed as "naturally occurring contamination" - which they most emphatically are NOT. The purpose of the regulation is to limit contamination. It is NOT a licence to contaminate UP to the limit, as many proponents of fluoridation believe.

NOTE: Ken Collins retired from the Euro Parliament and is now Chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

Here is Mr Simpson's letter to Mrs Wallstrom:
8th July 2002

Dear Commissioner,s

I have been contacted by many constituents over the proposed alteration to Directive 80/778/EEC(1).

My constituents believe that this represents a serious change to the Directive by taking into account "naturally occurring contamination or discharges" into the Maximum Admissible Concentration levels for fluoride and other contaminants. They believe that the "naturally occurring contamination" is in fact a result of the inability of industry to control pollution from their production processes.

My constituents also strongly believe that the addition of hexafluorosilicic acid (fluorosilicates) is actuallythe deliberate contamination of water supplies. As my constituents rightly point out, the studies of the long-term effects of fluoridation of water supplies is inconclusive. Given that populations do not have a choice once the public water supply is fluoridated, surely it is wise to err on the side of caution.
Therefore, the Maximum Admissible Concentration levels should be extremely low for ALL contaminants in drinking water supplies.

I am advised that the two chemicals used in fluoridation, i.e. hexafluorosilicic acid and disodium hexafluorosilicate, are not water treatment chemicals and have not been shown to enhance water
quality. Indeed some of my constituents are actually adversely affected by the aforementioned chemicals. I am also given to understand that the UK Government's systematic review of water fluoridation, reported in October 2000, found "the science to be poor."

Given the above, surely it is in the interests of public health to reduce the MAC and not to allow higher levels of contaminants under the guise of "naturally occurring contaminants."

I await your comments with interest.

Yours, etc,
Brian Simpson, MEP.