18 Aug '11, 8am

Stop the giant fish blenders!

Stop the giant fish blenders!

Watch the process demonstrated in an animation by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore. Giant fish blenders: It may sound like a workaday instrument at the Food Network, but it’s actually a very real threat. Power plants are killing fish and damaging our waterways via their outdated once-through cooling systems. We can help , but we need to act fast: The deadline for action to remedy this situation is Thursday, Aug. 18! Let me explain what we mean by “giant fish blenders.” Antiquated power plants (many of them coal-fired power plants) throughout the nation use water intake structures to help cool systems that generate heat during the energy-making process. These pipes sit below the water’s surface and suck in water and anything else in the vicinity. This process shreds and destroys any aquatic life drawn in. After the water is drawn through the power plant, it is d...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/animals/2011-08-17-how-to-stop-giant...

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