As of July 14, 2020, existing sources subject to the Amalgam Separator Rule must comply. The rule is an implementation of the Clean Water Act and was in effect as of July 14, 2017. It is designed to reduce the discharge of amalgam waste from dental offices into the municipal sewage.
Most practicing dentists who discharge wastewater into a publicly owned treatment work (POTW), such as a municipal sewer system, must comply. Consider the following points which will in part help you choose between installing or claiming exemption:
For assistance on how your practice may need to comply, refer to the Amalgam Decision Tree below.
Ensure that your dental practice is in compliance with the EPA Amalgam Separation regulation, in effect nationwide July 14, 2020. This video will give an overview of the steps required to keep your practice doors open and inspector friendly.
Standard equipment captures up to 80 percent of amalgam waste in dental offices. Adding an amalgam separator allows an office to capture at least 95 percent of amalgam waste in order to recycle it. Learn more about best management practices for amalgam waste and separators to help protect the environment.
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