EPA publishes final rule on cooling water intake structures
Originally published August 19, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on cooling water intake structures was published in the Aug. 15 Federal Register—more than two months after EPA issued a prepublication version of the rule (see Public Power Daily, May 20). The final rule establishes requirements under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act for all existing power generating facilities and existing manufacturing and industrial facilities that withdraw more than 2 million gallons per day of water from waters of the U.S. and use at least 25 percent of the water they withdraw exclusively for cooling purposes. EPA said the rule covers roughly 1,065 existing facilities—544 power plants and 521 factories.
The effective date of the final rule will be Oct. 14, 2014. More information is posted on the EPA's website.
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