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EPA Dental Effluent Guidelines website
Tuesday, August 01, 2017-- EPA has promulgated pretreatment standards to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The Dental Office Category regulation is codified at 40 CFR Part 441. The effective date of the rule is July 14, 2017. Existing dental offices must comply by July 14, 2020. The compliance date for new dental offices ("new sources") is the effective date of the rule. -- (full text)
[EPA]

New Hospital Resource Highlights Environmental Best Practices, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017-- The Ohio Hospital Association's Energy and Sustainability Program teamed up with Practice Greenhealth to publish a collection of environmental leadership case studies highlighting how six hospitals and health systems have achieved success in environmental stewardship. -- (full text)
[Ohio Hospital Associations Energy and Sustainability]

Health care may be in a state of flux  but health care sustainability is here to stay
Saturday, July 22, 2017-- Today we're seeing efforts to tackle root causes and complex, sectorwide problems like climate change and greening the supply chain  reducing health cares impact on the environment and the environments impact on public health. -- (full text)
[Ensia]

Improving Healthcare Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
Thursday, June 22, 2017-- Despite the many gains, there remains a substantial need to better understand the clinical effectiveness and magnitude of infection prevention and patient reassurance derived from the current array of cleaning practices, various disinfectants and application methods, and evolving technological advances. -- (full text)
[NedScape]

Environmental, health impacts of US health-care system
Thursday, June 22, 2017-- If the U.S. healthcare system were a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. The study, published June 9 in PLOS ONE, quantified previously unreported environmental and public health impacts of the nation's healthcare sector. -- (full text)
[Science Daily]

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