San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb 1, 2011

San Diego officials announced Monday they will start fluoridating drinking water today — a historic step in a city that has long resisted the controversial compound and has been the largest city in the nation without it.

The move comes about six weeks later than originally planned because of concerns raised by a whistleblower inside the water agency about employee safety and uncertainties about properly adding the chemical.

Those problems were detailed in internal city e-mails the mayor’s office released on Monday in response to a Public Records Act request by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Utility officials said the slowdown highlights how the safety system worked, though the documents suggest some city leaders were disturbed by the timing of the deferral.

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