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EPA/WATER RIN: 2040-AF26 Publication ID: Fall 2011 
Title: Effluent Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Point Source Category 
Abstract: EPA is developing pretreatment standards for pollutant discharges from dental offices. When dentists place or remove amalgam fillings, mercury and other contaminants are flushed into the sewer. Dental amalgam contains mercury and other metals that have the potential to pass through or interfere with municipal wastewater treatment at Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). EPA¬ís technology assessment will focus on best management practices, such as use of amalgam separators, as a regulatory requirement. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 441   
Legal Authority: 33 USC 1314    33 USC 1317(b)(1)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2012    
Final Action  01/00/2013    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 339116 Dental Laboratories; 621210 Offices of Dentists 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Damon Highsmith
Environmental Protection Agency
4303T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2504

Jan Matuszko
Environmental Protection Agency
4303T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1035
Fax:202 566-1053