On July 24, 2017 the EPA’s final ruling became effective which requires the use of Amalgam Separators under the Clean Water Act to control discharge of mercury and other metals into public owned treatment works (POTWs) from dental practices.  This regulation was developed based on a separation and continual maintenance model that achieves a minimum 95% total reduction of total mercury from amalgam process wastewater.

 

 

ECOII Amalagam Separator by PureWay

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The Solution:

The ECOII Amalgam Separator is the leading Amalgam Separator in Europe and has recently over the past 15 years, entered the US market by storm.  The ECOII is known for its compact, easy to use design that is ideal for dental offices requiring amalgam separation.

 

Benefits Include:

  • No disruptive vacuum loss or reduced suction power!
  • Cost savings of up to 50% over other separators
  • Easy installation and maintenance
  • E-certificates provided real time, no waiting 30 days
  • Online access to certificates 24/7 and tracking information
  • Automated compliance alerts to
  • Flexibility to work with almost any vacuum system (click here to find a list of most common vacuum systems the ECOII is compatible with)

 

System Specifications

  • ISO 11143 certified (exceeds ISO standards and filters better than leading amalgam separators)
  • Customized to work with any office up to 6 chairs for a single ECOII or up to 12 chairs for the tandem ECOII.
  • Compact design: 8.7” x 8.7” x 13.8”
  • Compatible with both wet and dry vacuum systems
  • Easy canister replacement every 12 months or once full. Auto shipment options make the replacement process simple and easy.
  • ¾”, 1” and 1.5” fittings included with each system. Additional fittings may be required for custom vacuum lines. 

 

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Understanding New EPA Amalgam Compliance Rules 

 

 

Compliance with the pretreatment standard for new and existing offices are met by completing the following:

  • Install and properly maintain an amalgam separator that is ISO 11143:2008 certified or an ANSI/ADA standard No. 108 with a separation rate of 95%
  • Implement best management practices to properly collect and recycle “scrap” amalgam waste including chairside traps, vacuum pump filters, spent amalgam capsules and extracted teeth containing amalgam
  • Water line cleaners must have a pH of 6-8

 

Exemptions:

All dental offices that place or remove amalgam are now required to implement an amalgam collection, separation and recycling program.  However, the EPA has identified exemptions to the new standards if less than 5% of activity involves amalgam.  Exempted practices include:

  • Mobile dental units
  • Dental offices where the practice “consists only” of the following specialties:
    • Oral Pathology
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Orthodontics
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics

 

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