02 Sep '11, 12am

Keeping Industrial Plants Cool and Fish Alive

Librado Romero/The New York Times Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the Hudson River in Buchanan, New York. Like all thermal generating plants, it needs large amounts of water to cool the machinery that generates steam to turn turbines. It’s hard to fathom how one sentence has sparked nearly 40 years of heated controversy and relentless litigation. But when the sentence in question is part of the Clean Water Act and its application in practice has a potential price tag of $100 billion to some of the largest power plants in the country, it’s even harder to imagine how the issue will actually ever be resolved. The troublesome sentence concerns the regulation of cooling water intake structures, and is fondly referred to as CWA 316(b). Cooling-water intake structures are found in most large industrial facilities, including in chemical manufacturing plants and in petroleum re...

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