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Nationwide, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 50 percent of mercury entering publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities comes from amalgam discharged by dental practices. To reduce this toxic metal in treatment facilities, the EPA established federal requirements for dental practices to properly manage amalgam waste. These requirements are established in chapter 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 441 (commonly called the Dental Amalgam Rule).
Dental amalgam, a common filling material, is made mostly of mercury and a mixture of other heavy metals: silver, tin, copper, and zinc. When introduced into the environment, mercury from amalgam has a toxic effect on aquatic organisms. The Albany-Millersburg Water Reclamation Facility is not designed to remove mercury, so any mercury discharged from dental practices has the potential to enter the Willamette river. Controlling amalgam discharges from dental practices benefits the health of our rivers.
The EPA requires that the City of Albany implement the rule for dental practices that discharge wastewater to the publicly owned wastewater treatment facility.
City of Albany
310 Waverly Drive NE
Albany, OR 97321
Check out the new Public Works project map! NEW!
This new map shows Capital Improvement Projects (public infrastructure improvements), Site Improvments (private development), and warranty work being done in the city of Albany.
Outdoor residential water audit (free!)
When area rivers, creeks, and streams experience high water, the City of Albany places sand and bags at locations around town for resident use. Please bring your own shovel.
Louise Street (off North Albany Road)
Grand Prairie Park parking lot
Davidson St @ Front Ave (NE corner of the intersection)
Engineering is responsible for the master planning, construction management, and transportation system planning services for the Public Works Department. They also oversee the utility services for the city including water and sewer service.