2010 – New State and EPA Guidelines for Control of Mercury Wastes
Golden’s wastewater program currently implements a voluntary mercury waste control program emphasizing responsible good housekeeping practices for those businesses that use mercury containing products. In September 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency drafted new guidance that will require local pretreatment programs to require and enforce “Best Management Practices” as a means to control mercury wastes to the sanitary sewer system. Specifically, these “BMPs” will be a requirement of local dentist and orthodontic offices in Golden. Concurrently, the American Dental Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the voluntary installation and use of mercury amalgam separators in member establishments.