Greg Gordon of the McClatchy newspaper chain did another AMAZING write up of the dental mercury issue, but this time covering the new EPA rule, requiring dentists to install amalgam separators.
Here are a few excerpts
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a rule to require dentists, whose treatment of tooth decay with mercury compounds has sent the toxic substance into public sewers for decades, to contain their discharges by early 2020.
The EPA rule, culminating a regulatory battle that began more than a decade ago, is expected to lead the tens of thousands of U.S. dental offices that handle the toxin to install “separators” to catch tiny pieces of mercury-tainted waste. It also requires them to adopt best practices for disposing of the substance, the agency said. It estimated that compliance will capture more than 99 percent of the waste mercury from implants of compounds and from drilling to remove older mercury fillings.