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EPA Issues Final Rule on Amalgam Separators

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Final Rule last month requiring dental offices to recover amalgam waste using amalgam separators and other best practices. The rule was initially released by the Obama Administration in December 2016, but it was put on hold in January. The Trump Administration subsequently added a provision that streamlines reporting requirements. The revised rule is now scheduled to take effect on July 14, 2017.

American Dental Association president Gary L. Roberts, D.D.S., praised the rule, saying that a federal standard for managing amalgam waste “is preferable to a patchwork of rules and regulations across various states and localities.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it withdrew the mercury effluent rule without public notice or public comment in January, hailed the agency’s decision to re-issue the rule. 

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