EPA Issues Proposed Cooling Water Intake Regulations

EPA’s Administrator signed a Federal Register Notice proposing a rule to establish location, design, construction and capacity standards for cooling water intake structures at certain existing facilities not already regulated by EPA’s Phase II regulations for large-flow existing power plants.
Phases I and II addressed most new facilities and 554 large existing power plants that use more than 90% of all cooling water. This proposal addresses additional facilities that, collectively, use less than 10% of all water withdrawn from waters of the U.S. for cooling. The proposal also covers new offshore and coastal oil and gas extraction facilities.
After the Federal Register Notice is published, you can learn more about this action by visiting EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/waterscience/316b/ph3.htm.


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