EPA Issues Final Cooling Water Intake Structure 316(b) Rule for Existing Facilities

On 19 May 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited final rule establishing requirements governing the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at existing power generating and manufacturing facilities. Pursuant to section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act, the EPA is required to establish the "best technology available" for minimizing the adverse environmental impacts of CWIS caused by impingement and entrainment of aquatic organisms in the intake water.

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