Amalgam Separators, Best Available Technology – Part 2

As previously stated in the first blog I am a consultant and scientist, I rely on accurate data to make my recommendations.  I’ve been in the business for over 40 years.  I recommend only the best setup or systems for my dental clients because results are critical. The system I am now recommending is the ultimate in amalgam containment.  The upside is that the unit is only available in the Great Lakes Basin. 

This is a critical issue in that the Great Lakes initiative requires discharge of mercury into the Great Lakes to be no more than 1.3 ng/L.  This is a feat that can be accomplished by the strict controls/regulations that the states surrounding Great Lakes are enforcing.  Region 5 of the USEPA has supported this effort and the results are excellent.  Industries within Region 5 are under control.  Publicly Owned Treatment Works are trying to catch up with the 1.3 ng/L limit. 

The system that I recommend as the ultimate treatment system is a unit by Anterior Quest.  This system is a total containment system that generates a 0 (Zero) discharge into a POTW system.  Based upon my cost calculations, this system can be equal to or more cost effective than any system that doesn’t have treatment for dissolved mercury. 

As mentioned in the previous blog only one Amalgam Separator can handle Total and Dissolved Mercury.  The Anterior Quest system is not only a separator but a containment system which sets it apart from all separators.  Cost should NOT be a consideration when we examine the effectiveness of the system.  When looking at the overall cost, long term, it is the most cost-effective unit.

If a Dental office is on a septic system, this unit is the only unit to consider.  When using terms such as Best Available Technology (BAT) or Advanced Technology, this unit meets both criteria.  For more information, contact Anterior Quest at

In the previous blog regarding the MARS LibertyBOSS, I forgot to give the website for more information.  The website is  As a reminder, if you need to know more about mercury in the dental office, go to the IAOMT website at

The next blog will address dental offices that have septic systems.