Dental Effluent Guidelines

hrsa_part-f-dentalEPA is promulgating pretreatment standards to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).

Dental offices discharge mercury present in amalgam used for fillings. Amalgam separators are a practical, affordable and readily available technology for capturing mercury and other metals before they are discharged into sewers that drain to POTWs. Once captured by a separator, mercury can be recycled. Read more.