Editor’s Corner: EPA Amalgam Separator Requirements

As we have previously reported, the EPA has put their new rule regarding amalgam separators into effect. Any dental office built before July 14, 2017 has until July 14, 2020 to comply. Any dental office built after July 14, 2017 must be in compliance now. All dental offices discharging waste water into a public utility, unless limited to the following specialties, must have amalgam separators installed by the effective date: Oral pathology, Oral and maxillofacial radiology, Oral and maxillofacial surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics. In addition to having an amalgam separator installed, requirements also include a “One-Time Compliance Report” to be submitted to your local water utility and amalgam separator equipment maintenance reports.
The CADS Board has recently met with management of Austin Water and have implemented a plan for our members to obtain the proper paperwork to fulfill the requirements. All required forms can now be found on the CADS website, or by going to the following web address:
http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Water/SSD/Pretreatment/DentalDischarger_OneTimeComplianceReport_Form.pdf
Another useful document is the EPA fact sheet regarding the rule itself, which can be found at:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-12/documents/dental-office-category_frequent-questions_nov-2017.pdf
As the deadline approaches, we will send periodic email reminders containing the proper documents. Just don’t forget to buy/install your amalgam separator!
By Jonathon R. Kimes, DDS
Editor, CADS