EPA Takes Aim At Mercury Waste From Dental Offices

Law360, New York (September 28, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning a new rule aimed at reducing mercury waste from dental offices, which the agency estimates accounts for half the mercury found in public water supplies.

In a statement on Monday, the EPA said it would propose the rule in 2011 and finalize it the following year. According to the agency, about 3.7 tons of mercury waste from dental offices is discharged into the environment each year.

The mercury discharges are the result of old fillings being removed and replaced...
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