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Environmental Best Management Practices

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description NBC developed an Environmental Best Management Practices (EBMP) document titled "Best Management Practices for the Management of Waste Dental Amalgam." Tailored for the small- to medium-sized dental office, this document outlines safe ways of handling scrap amalgam and describes the various technologies and equipment available to remove scrap amalgam from dental wastewater.

Dental amalgam can contain as much as 50 percent by weight mercury, a heavy metal that in addition to being regulated as a hazardous waste by RI DEM and EPA is also strictly regulated under NBC's Pretreatment Program at the very low discharge limit of 0.005 mg/l. By encouraging the use and application of these Best Management Practices, NBC hopes to see enough reduction in mercury loadings at the head-works of its two wastewater treatment facilities so as to avoid the need for further regulatory control measures. NBC introduced these Best Management Practices to more than 100 members of the RI Dental Association in December 2002. The EBMP was well received and NBC expects to see many of the ideas outlined in the EBMP implemented during the summer and fall months of 2003.

More Info www.narrabay.com/Documents/PDFs/Dental_BMP.pdf
Project Contact
Name Jim McCaughey
Phone 401-222-6680 x352
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]


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