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NY Dental Mercury & Amalgam Recycling Law

New York Dental Mercury & Amalgam Recycling Law

Chapter 506, Laws of New York, 2002
(effective March 16, 2003)

An Act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the use and recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam by dentists became a law September 17, 2002, with the approval of the Governor. Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 27-0926 to read as follows:

§ 27-0926. Use and recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam by dentists.

1. No dentist shall use or possess elemental mercury in the practice of dentistry unless such elemental mercury is contained in appropriate pre-encapsulated capsules specifically designed for the mixing of dental amalgam. All dentists shall recycle any elemental mercury, including any pre-encapsulated mercury capsule waste, and dental amalgam waste generated in their dental practices in accordance with rules and regulations established by the commissioner.

2. The commissioner is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this section.

§ 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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