On December 15th, 2016 the US EPA ruling passed! Click here for a fact sheet on the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for dental offices.

Below are what M.A.R.S. feels to be important excerpts from the US EPA Regulation. Below each excerpt is a M.A.R.S. Point of View on the given section of the Regulation. For more extensive information on the new US EPA ruling, please click here.

If there is any confusion regarding the regulation, please consult this EPA Regulation Compliance Flow Chart:

EPA Flow Chart

US EPA Law Breakdown

Summary (Page 2)

Dental offices, which discharge mercury present in amalgam used for fillings, are the main source of mercury discharges to POTWs; most of this mercury is subsequently released to the environment.

This final rule requires dental offices to use amalgam separators and two best management practices recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).