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  • EPA’s Dental Amalgam Separator Rule: It’s Not Filling a Hole

    EPA’s Dental Amalgam Separator Rule: It’s Not Filling a Hole Keeping mercury out of the environment is definitely a good thing, since it is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutant.  Clean water agencies have long worked to reduce their mercury discharges into the environment, and a variety of pollution prevention measures have resulted in the reduction of mercury discharges from wastewater treatment facilities. Last year, EPA proposed a rule that would require dental amalgam separators in all dental offices that place or remove amalgam fillings, which are about half mercury.  The amalgam separators remove the amalgam particles from water before it is discharged into a sewer system, and it would be great if all dentists would install and properly maintain separators in their offices.  However, EPA’s rule would require amalgam[…]

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