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The EPA Amalgam Rule: (40 CFR part 441) and the Role of Dental Assistants for Dental Office Compliance (AGD 550)

Presenter: Alexander Bischoff


This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the "Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category" (40 CFR part 441) known as "The Amalgam Rule", regarding pretreatment standards for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTW's) by dental practices that discharge amalgam. The focus will be on achieving the EPA's pretreatment standards for dental offices, the BMP's included in "The Amalgam Rule", and the record keeping required for dental office compliance.


Alexander (Alex) Bischoff, President, Operation Savannah, Inc., 501(c)(3) DBA Stephanie Smiles. 
Alexander Bischoff is President of Operation Savannah, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit that provides education to veterans and parents battling PTSD. In 2014, Stephanie Smiles was formed with the mission of using Internet technology to educate and equip the dental industry. Specifically:  (1) to support dental offices comply with the EPA Amalgam Rule; (2) to understand the challenges facing patients with PTSD or alchohol/drug abuse; and (3) for patients, especially children and young adults, if diagnosed with cancer, to know the importance of having their teeth cleaned prior to any chemotherapy.


After participating in this program, dental professionals should be able to:

  • Outline the periodic operational requirements of "The Amalgam Rule" that need to be implemented.
  • Describe the BMP's prescribed by "The Amalgam Rule" for dental office compliance.
  • Describe the record keeping requirements that must be maintained by a dental office to be in compliance with Section 441.50 of "The Amalgam Rule".
  • Outline the regulatory oversight provided by the Clean Waters Act, as extended by the Pre-Treatment Rule for dental offices and the potenial penalties for non-compliance.

EPA promulgates this regulation under the authorities of sections 101, 301, 304, 306, 307, 308, and 501 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251, 1311, 1314, 1316, 1317, 1318, 1342 and 1361 and pursuant to the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 13101 et seq.

The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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