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
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.
Understanding New EPA Amalgam Compliance Rules
Compliance with the pretreatment standard for new and existing offices are met by completing the following:
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: