The EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the final rule on December 15, 2016. The new rule will require private and public sector dental offices, with the exception of some specialties, to comply. The compliance date is 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
The new regulations purpose is to ensure that dentists properly collect and recycle ALL amalgam waste they generate during the placement or removal of amalgam restorations in order to contain mercury at its source. The new regulations emphasize compliance, documentation and enforcement.