Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule that would require dentists to dramatically reduce the amount of mercury and other heavy metals they are discharging into public water systems. The new rule would require dentists to drop their mercury emissions down to a level consistent with the use of the best technology available, metal amalgam separators, a practice already encouraged by the American Dental Association (ADA).
A “Common Sense Rule”
The EPA proposed the new rule under the authority granted by the Clean Water Act. According to the deputy assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Water, “This is a common sense rule that calls for capturing mercury at a relatively low cost before it is released into