Purchasing, installing and operating dental amalgam separators: practical issues.

  title={Purchasing, installing and operating dental amalgam separators: practical issues.},
  author={Kevin R. Mcmanus and P. L. Fan},
  journal={Journal of the American Dental Association},
  volume={134 8},
BACKGROUND Growing environmental concern over the accumulation of mercury in some fish has led some state and local environmental agencies to pursue stricter regulation of mercury in wastewater. Dental offices are an identifiable source of mercury in the form of dental amalgam. Although mercury in dental amalgam is not immediately bioavailable (that is, it has not been shown to contribute significantly to the problem of mercury in fish tissue), environmental agencies in some locales are asking… 
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