Regulations – EPA Issues Rule for Cooling Water Intake Systems
By Mike Henley
In an effort to reduce the killing of aquatic life by once-through cooling towers, and to comply with litigation brought against it by environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted final cooling water rules May 19 that will impact an estimated 1,065 existing facilitiesﾗ of which 521 are factories, and the other 544 are power plants. The regulations will require facilities to take steps to protect aquatic life from water drawn in through cooling water intake structures. Over the years, the effort to develop these rules has been controversial, and the agency has faced opposition from conservation groups and business interests.
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