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Division of Water Quality

Notice of Rule Proposal
New Jersey Pollution Discharge Elimination System – N.J.A.C. 7:14A

Public Notice
Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing new rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14A-21, Requirements for Indirect Users.  The proposed new rules are intended to significantly reduce mercury released to the environment by dental facilities.  The proposed new rules would, under most circumstances, exempt a dental facility from the requirement to obtain an individual permit for its discharge to a POTW, if it (i) implements best management practices (BMPs) for the handling of dental amalgam waste, and (ii) installs and properly operates an amalgam separator.  These measures are expected to prevent 99 percent of the mercury wastes from being sent to the POTW.  The facility would have one year from the effective date of the rule to implement the BMPs, and two years to install the separator.
 
The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated September 5, 2006.  A copy of the proposal is available from the DEP web site(PDF) or by contacting Mr. James Murphy, rule manager, at NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Quality-Bureau of Pretreatment and Residuals, 401 East State Street, P.O. Box 029, Trenton, NJ 08625-0029 or by telephone at (609) 633-3823.  An official copy may also be obtained from LexisNexis Customer Service at (800) 223-1944.  Be advised that there may be a fee for obtaining a copy of the proposal from some sources.

A public hearing(s) concerning the proposal is scheduled as follows:

October 11, 2006 at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (or until the end of comments, whichever comes first)
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
1st Floor Public Hearing Room
401 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625

Written comments may be submitted by November 4, 2006 to:

NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Alice A. Previte, Esq.
ATTN: DEP Docket No. 11-06-08/563
Office of Legal Affairs
PO Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

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