View all Posts

EPA to reinstate regulation on amalgam waste in dental practices

KaVo Kerr Connections

KaVo Kerr Team

EPA to reinstate regulation on amalgam waste in dental practices

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will lift its hold on finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants on June 14, 2017. The EPA’s rule will go into effect on July 14, 2017, with a compliance date for dental offices of July 14, 2020. The ADA believes that the regulations represent a fair and reasonable approach to the issue, according to President Gary Roberts, DDS. “We believe this new rule -- which is a federal standard -- is preferable to a patchwork of rules and regulations across various states and localities,” Dr. Roberts stated in a press release. Dr. David Rice, the founder of IgniteDDS who practices in East Amherst, N.Y., was pleased to hear about the EPA’s move.

“For far too long, our footprint in dentistry has been too large,” Dr. Rice said. “Going green is easier now than ever. So, with dental practices accounting for approximately 5.1 tons of mercury released to POTW (publicly owned treatment works) every year, the question isn't, ‘Why amalgam separators?’ It's ‘Why not?'

Back to Top