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Another city calls for the end of (mercury) amalgam

On October 10, the City Council of Malibu, California passed a resolution supporting “national and worldwide efforts to reduce anthropogenic [man-made] sources of mercury to the environment.”  Specifically, the city endorsed “efforts by UNEP [the United Nations Environmental Programme] to adopt an international treaty to phase out each of the above five major mercury pollutants”:  batteries, electric switches and relays, measuring devices, mercury-containing lamps…and dental amalgam.

Malibu is the third California city to call for the phase-out of dental amalgam, following the resolution of the city council of Costa Mesa and the proclamation by the Mayor of Santa Ana.

The Malibu City Council called on dentists in its city to “educate patients about alternatives to mercury amalgam for fillings.”  This is an important step because most pro-mercury dentists still refer to mercury fillings as “silver fillings” – a marketing term that deceives consumers.

Charlotte Pritt, Chair of the State and Local Public Officials Mercury-Free Caucus and a former state Senator from West Virginia, observed:  “The momentum is growing in this country for the full phase-out of amalgam.  California represents the epicenter of a grassroots movement to drive out this primitive, pre-Civil War pollutant.”

Congratulations to everyone who worked to obtain the Malibu resolution, especially our grassroots director Anita Vazquez Tibau and dental hygienist Marisa Russo.  We thank Malibu residents Dr. Jim Rota and Dori Rota for their hard work on this project.

— Charlie, 19 October 2011

Charles G. Brown
President, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice
316 F St., N.E., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20002 USA
Tele. [1] 202.544-6333; fax [1] 202.544-6331,