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EPA reinstates final rule on amalgam separators

jueves, 15 de junio de 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency June 9 issued a final rule governing the management of dental amalgam discharges into sewer systems.  

In December 2016, the EPA issued a final rule requiring most dental offices nationwide to install amalgam separators but withdrew the rule following the White House's Jan. 20 memorandum ordering federal agencies to freeze all new or pending regulations. The rule will be effective July 14 and compliance for most dentists will be July 14, 2020.

The ADA, which worked with the EPA for several years on the final rule, commended the agency for what it considers "a fair and reasonable approach to the management of dental amalgam waste."

"The ADA shares the EPA's goal of ensuring that dental amalgam waste is captured so that it may be recycled," said ADA President Gary L. Roberts in a statement. "We believe this new rule — which is a federal standard — is preferable to a patchwork of rules and regulations across various states and localities.

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