PA fluoride foes keep up fight

PORT ANGELES – Fluoridation foes continued their fight to put two initiatives before the voters of Port Angeles by filing an appeal with the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Olympic attorney Gerald Steel, representing the groups “Our Water!-Our Choice!” and “Protect Our Waters,” requested that the Supreme Court review and reverse a lower court’s decision that the groups’ two initiatives are invalid.

If the Supreme Court declines to hear Steel’s appeal, it will be directed to the Division II Court of Appeals, which ruled against the groups last week on a separate fluoridation lawsuit.

Steel filed an earlier lawsuit against Port Angeles, regarding the City Council’s decision to fluoridate the city’s water.

An appellate court panel ruled in favor of the city on Feb. 6.

That lawsuit was on behalf of two other political action groups, “Protect the Peninsula’s Future” and “Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water.”

Steel said Wednesday that he is considering appealing the appellate court panel’s decision.

The two lawsuits “relate to each other, but in subtle ways,” Steel said.

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