What to Expect From the EPA's New Cooling Water Intake Structure Rule — Clean Water Act § 316(b)

June 26, 2014

2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

  • This event is open only to APPA and NRECA utility members and their outside legal counsels (no vendors or consultants).

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Webinar Description

Utilities will face new regulations on cooling water intake systems under a new Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation.  The regulation is often called “the cooling water rule” or “the 316(b) rule,” due to its reference to the section of the Clean Water Act. The rule will apply to all existing power generating facilities regardless of fuel source. At this time we are unaware of a threshold or exemption for smaller utilities. The final rule is due to be issued by the EPA in mid-May of this year.

This webinar will provide APPA and NRECA members with an overview of the new regulation as well as guidance to minimize implementation and compliance costs, including:

  • Identifying potential technology options (utility location and site specific conditions will dictate the actual selection of technologies)
  • Benefits of using existing or repeating aquatic studies to avoid costly new studies
  • Managing endangered/threatened species and critical habitats. Utilities with aquatic studies conducted in the past may want to learn if they can be used again to avoid costly new studies. The webinar will also address the technologies that might be considered for use (utility location will dictate the actual selection of technologies).


  • Jonathan Black, Senior Fisheries Biologist, Alden Research Laboratory, Holden, Mass.
  • Kristy Bulleit, Counsel to Utility Water Act Group and outside counsel to APPA and NRECA, Hunton and Williams, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Jacobson, Project Manager, URS Corporation, Old Saybrook, Conn.

Registration Information

  • $89 for APPA/NRECA members
  • This event is open only to APPA and NRECA utility members and their outside legal counsels (no vendors or consultants).


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