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APPA offers June 26 webinar on the EPA's new cooling water intake structure rule (316(b))

From the June 19, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published June 19, 2014

On Thursday, June 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, APPA (in conjunction with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) will hold a webinar, What to Expect From the EPA's New Cooling Water Intake Structure Rule — Clean Water Act Section 316(b). This event is only open to APPA and NRECA utility members and their outside legal counsels.

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 that section of the Clean Water Act. The rule will apply to all existing power generating facilities regardless of fuel source. 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; and
•    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),

This webinar will be led by Jonathan Black, senior fisheries biologist at the Alden Research Laboratory in Holden, Mass.; Kristy Bulleit, of Hunton and Williams, Washington, D.C., counsel to the Utility Water Act Group and outside counsel to APPA and NRECA; and Paul Jacobson, project manager, URS Corporation, Old Saybrook, Conn.

This webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits.
For more information and to register, visit under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at or 202/467-2919.



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