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EPA Postpones Amalgam Separator Rule Again

May 19, 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it would delay releasing a final amalgam separator rule until summer 2016. The agency had been prepared to release the rule any time, but announced the postponement after determining it needed more time to review all comments it received.

Speaking to wastewater utility officials at the National Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Workshop in Greenville, S.C., last week, Jan Matuszko, chief of the EPA Office of Water's Engineering and Analytical Support Branch, explained that part of the reason for the delay is that the agency needs more time to address the regulatory burden the rule would create.

The ADA is encouraged by the EPA’s willingness to work with the profession as it develops its rule. In February the Association commented on a draft of the rule by noting that the ADA’s support “is contingent only on the final rule complying with nine common-sense principles” and reaffirming its “support of a pretreatment rule that requires amalgam separators consistent with these nine principles.”

The ADA comments included specific suggestions on how to improve the proposed rule and eliminate several areas of ambiguity and internal inconsistencies. The Association remains hopeful that EPA will incorporate its suggestions in a final rule which the Association can support. The ADA has long supported amalgam separators, and their use is widespread.