The compliance date for existing dental offices to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) effluent limitations to reduce the sewer discharge of mercury and other metals is coming up fast. On July 14, 2020, existing dental offices must 1) have/use amalgam separators, 2) cease flushing amalgam waste down the drain, and 3) prohibit the use of oxidizing/corrosive vacuum line cleaners.
Dental offices that only remove amalgam fillings in limited emergency, unplanned, unanticipated circumstances are exempt from the requirements, as are mobile units and offices where the practice of dentistry consists only of the following dental specialties: oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, or prosthodontics.
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