16 Nov '11, 12am

Power Plants Stressing Freshwater Resources Around the Country

Power Plants Stressing Freshwater Resources Around the Country

Kansas City District /CC BY 1.0 Power plants are stressing freshwater resources around the country, according to a new report that finds both the quantity and quality of water supplies—"even in unexpected places —"are affected. The report, Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants: Electricity’s Thirst for a Precious Resource , is based on three years of research by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of more than a dozen scientists. It is the "first systematic assessment of how power-plant cooling affects freshwater resources across the United States and of the quality of the data available on power plant water usage," according to UCS . The Tennessean quotes one of the report's authors: “Our analysis revealed that coal-fired and nuclear power plants are stressing watersheds in the Southeast--including the Emory River in Tennessee--by using vast amounts of local ...

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