Navigation Links
Congress Called on to Hold Dental Mercury Polluters Accountable at U.S. House Oversight Hearing
Date:7/8/2008

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a U.S. House Government Oversight Subcommittee Hearing today, a mercury watchdog group called on Congress to stop dental mercury pollution by phasing out amalgam, requiring dentists to install amalgam separators, and holding manufacturers of amalgam accountable for paying for the clean up technology necessary to prevent dental mercury pollution.

"Practically speaking, the age of amalgam is over," said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. "Recent improvements in technology for the non-mercury filling -- most commonly the 'composite' -- have rendered the mercury tooth filling obsolete. One only has to look at the recent bans on new amalgam placement in Norwegian or Swedish dental patients to document mercury-free tooth restoratives as a viable substitute."

So why do over 60 million mercury tooth fillings still get placed into Americans' mouths every year, asked Bender, along with the following additional questions.

-- Is it because it is simply cheaper and quicker for your dentists to place an amalgam and they make more money doing so?

-- Or is it because the US dental sector, led by the American Dental Association and its state associations, remains in denial that mercury is a neurotoxin -- a hazardous material before it is placed in the mouth, and a hazard that releases toxic vapors after it is in the mouth? And could concerns about potential legal liability reinforce this denial?

-- Or is it because dentists are not aware or held accountable to the fact -- undisputed by the U.S. EPA since it was presented to the US House subcommittee last fall -- that the continued use of amalgam is resulting in the release of upwards of 10 tons -- and growing -- of mercury into the air and water each year in the U.S.?

According to Bender, up until now significant hidden environmental health costs of using amalgam -- the so-called "externalities" -- have not been factored into the fee charged by dentists. In his testimony and report submitted to Congress today, Bender demonstrates that when factoring in these external costs, even under multiple scenarios, the cost of placing an amalgam filling virtually meets or surpasses the cost of placing a non-mercury composite filling.

To address the hidden costs of dental mercury pollution, the report recommends that Congress should:

-- Require dental clinics that replace amalgam to install and properly operate amalgam separators, and to report annually on quantities of mercury collected.

-- Assess a modest user fee of $30.00 for the production of each additional mercury tooth filling, payable by the manufacturer at time of sale. Funds collected should be placed into a designated account to cover the costs of controlling mercury pollution.

-- Phase-out the use of mercury tooth fillings as soon as practicable.

This report also clearly shows the cost-effectiveness of amalgam separators at preventing mercury from getting into the environment. It also clearly demonstrates that voluntary programs are not effective in convincing dentists to install and properly maintain separators.

For more information, and to link to MPP report and testimony to Congress, see: http://www.mercurypolicy.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Mercury Policy Project
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. 21st Congress of the College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2008, Spain
2. Minnesota Nurses Association Endorses Ashwin Madia for Congress
3. Minnesota Nurses Association Endorses Steve Sarvi for Congress
4. Minnesota Nurses Association Endorses Elwyn Tinklenberg for Congress
5. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $358 Million From the Medicare Advantage Program in Texas
6. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $143 Million from the Medicare Advantage Program in Georgia
7. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $222 Million from the Medicare Advantage Program in Massachusetts
8. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $6.6 Million from the Medicare Advantage Program in New Hampshire
9. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $385 Million From the Medicare Advantage Program in Ohio
10. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $784 Million From the Medicare Advantage Program in New York
11. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $841 Million From the Medicare Advantage Program in Pennsylvania
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... , ... May 26, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor ... publication this week that is focusing on the Peace Agreements being discussed by President ... East sprint in a race to try to speed up peace talks in the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Lowe acts as host and helps educate and inform the public using the “Informed” ... reconnect with America as it explores some of the best places to hike and ... inventive new place for a family vacation, and have discovered hiking. Many will agree ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “When the Stars Lead Home”: ... the creation of published author Laura Weigel Douglas, an avid reader who lives in ... house that sometimes feels like Green Hills Adventure Camp. She couldn’t be more grateful. ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... recipient of proceeds from its 14th Annual Clays for Kids fundraiser, to be ... 30, Bennett, Colorado. , As part of BluSky’s partnership with The Adoption ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... “Cactus Jack: Against All Odds”: the story of Coach Cactus Jack and the impact ... the creation of published author, Walter Hubbard, a retired wildlife and fisheries biologist and ... Walter. Walter and Jane have three adult children and a granddaughter. Walter ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2017)... May 23, 2017  Leaf Healthcare, recognized for ... devices for pressure ulcer prevention, will unveil its ... of Critical Care Nurses, National Teaching Institute and ... The Leaf Patient Monitoring System is the ... hospital environment.  The system seamlessly tracks patient movement ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... , May 22, 2017  As the specialty ... whole continue to make the revolutionary shift from ... important for ensuring positive patient outcomes and shaping ... are shifting focus away from clinical trials and ... of long-term specialty drug therapy utilization in precise ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... , May 17, 2017  Bayer announced today that ... will be presented at the 53 rd Annual ... taking place June 2-6 in Chicago ... ASCO span prostate, colorectal, liver and thyroid cancers, as ... the Phase II CHRONOS-1 trial of copanlisib in patients ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: