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Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research Receives EPA Award For Removing Dental Mercury From Wastewater
June 3, 2004

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UNINFORMED CONSENT, NORTH CHICAGO, ILL – The Naval Institute for Dental and Wastewater Research was recognized this month by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to remove mercury from dental wastewater. See Waste News.

According to Waste News, the Institute holds two US patents for dental wastewater treatment and is working on an application for a third invention to separate amalgam from dental wastewater says Capt. James C. Ragain Jr., the institute’s commanding officer. The institute is more than halfway through a five-year effort to install mercury abatement equipment in more than 300 Navy dental clinics worldwide.

The Naval Institute’s two patents were filed December 1, 1995 USPT 5,885,076 – See US Patents and February 2, 1996 – USPT 5,795,159. See US Patents.

Waste News, founded in 1995, is a small trade journal “published biweekly for wastewater management administrators for the generation, collection, recycling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste and management of air and water contaminants.”

The EPA´s National Waste Minimization Partnership encourages companies and agencies to reduce the amounts of hazardous waste they generate. The voluntary program recognizes those companies and organizations that achieve significant reductions with achievement awards.

From September 1999 – August 2000 the EPA, through its Great Lakes Program, funded $80,000 to “examine the mercury removal from the dental-wastewater stream.” See more.

The American Dental Association is well known for its stanch150-year position that mercury amalgam is a “safe and cost effective” choice for placement of dental fillings. But curiously as a supporter of the Naval Institute’s dental waste work the ADA states in their “Best Management Practices For Amalgam Waste” dated February 2002 in the Naval Institute project’s dossier, “Although mercury in the form of dental amalgam is very stable, amalgam should not be disposed of in the garbage, infectious waste “red bag” or sharps container. Amalgam also should not be rinsed down the drain.” The document goes on to describe “Contact amalgam” as “amalgam that has been in contact with the patient such as, “extracted teeth with amalgam restorations, carving scrap collected at chair side, and amalgam captured by chair side traps, filters, or screens.”

Current congressional and senate investigations have severely criticized government authorities such as the ADA, CDC, NIH and the FDA for dangerous levels of conflicts of interest and “failure to act” as “indicative of institutional malfeasance.” See Report.

Most recently the Institute of Medicine has been implicated in these criticisms as well with their recently released report that there is no connection between autism and mercury exposure in both vaccines and dental amalgam when a majority of scientists who testified before the Institute reported a massive problem. See Coverage of IOM Hearing.


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