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.”
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.