P2Rx™ centers distribute news articles and other timely P2 information. Centers either post news headlines and abstracts, or distribute them via periodic e-mail, or both. P2Rx™ publishes the national news in RSS format .
EPA Proposes Standards to Reduce Mercury Discharges from Dental Offices (09/25/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed standards under the Clean Water Act to help cut discharges of dental amalgam to the environment. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Mercury is discharged when dentists remove old fillings or remove excess amalgam when placing a new filling. Studies show about half the mercury that enters Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) comes from dental offices. Mercury from amalgam can then make its way into the environment in a number of ways, including through discharge to water bodies. Contact with some microorganisms can help create methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish and fish-eating animals. Fish and shellfish are the main sources of human exposure to methylmercury.
Several P2 and Compliance Assistance organizations are providing news in RSS. To see the list and learn the options to get the news feed on your site or on news aggregator, click here.
To learn more about RSS, News Feed, News aggregator etc, please visit the What is RSS page at the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC).