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Dental Amalgam Voluntary Program

Organization(s) Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management
Project Description RI DEM has developed a voluntary program for dentists to address concerns about the amount of mercury being released from dental offices into public wastewater treatment systems and septic systems that are not connected to sewers. The program is patterned after the Narragansett Bay Commission's (NBC) best management practices for the management of waste dental amalgam, and RI DEM worked with NBC and the RI Dental Association to develop the program. All dentists that participate in the program will be required to install amalgam separators in their facilities.

A workshop was held on March 22, 2006, which included a presentation by NBC to discuss the successes of its implementation of best management practices for dental amalgam recycling and additional information presented by RI DEM staff.

Project Contact
Name Thomas E. Armstrong
Phone 401-222-4700 ext. 4412
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 1, Spring 2006 [PDF]


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