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EPA/WATER RIN: 2040-AF26 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: Effluent Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Point Source Category 
Abstract:

EPA proposed technology-based pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) from existing and new dental practices that discharge dental amalgam. When dentists place or remove amalgam fillings, mercury and other contaminants may be discharged into the sewer. Dental amalgam contains mercury and other metals that have the potential to pass through or interfere with municipal wastewater treatment at POTWs. EPA is evaluating 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: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 441    40 CFR 403   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251    33 U.S.C. 1311    33 U.S.C. 1314    33 U.S.C. 1316    33 U.S.C. 1317    33 U.S.C. 1318    33 U.S.C. 1342    33 U.S.C. 1361    42 U.S.C. 13101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/22/2014  79 FR 63257   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  12/19/2014  79 FR 75772   
Final Rule  12/00/2016 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0693
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/dental/  
Sectors Affected: 339116 Dental Laboratories; 621210 Offices of Dentists 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Damon Highsmith
Environmental Protection Agency
Water
4303T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2504
Email: highsmith.damon@epamail.epa.gov

Jan Matuszko
Environmental Protection Agency
Water
4303T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1035
Fax:202 566-1053
Email: matuszko.jan@epa.gov