EPA Issues Final Rule on Dental Amalgam Waste
After years of working with the ADA and addressing its concerns, the EPA just released a new federal regulation regarding dental amalgam waste which requires many dentists across the country to install amalgam separators.
The rule includes reasonable exemptions, a phase-in period and considerations for dental practices that have already installed the devices. In 2010, the ADA House of Delegates voted unanimously to support a federal rule if certain principles were satisfied. The ADA HOD believes these issues were addressed in the final rule.
ADA originally commented on the draft regulation in February 2015. ADA representatives also met with the EPA and shared views and data as the process evolved. We believe this regulation is fair and reasonable and is preferable to a patchwork of rules and regulations across various states and localities. We are in the process of developing practical resources to aid our members with questions they may have regarding compliance and will notify you when the materials are available on ADA.org/RecycleAmalgam
Read more about this rule in the ADA News
, in an article dated December 15, 2016.
Read more about amalgam waste in the NJDA's Government & Advocacy s
ection of this website.