Washington, D.C.— May 20, 2014 — For Immediate Release
The Clean Energy Group’s 316(b) Initiative views the Final Regulations to Establish Requirements for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act as including important improvements compared to the 2011 proposal. “Based on our initial review, the rule includes pre-approved technology options to address impingement and maintains a site-specific approach for entrainment,” said Michael Bradley, Executive Director of the Clean Energy Group’s 316(b) Initiative. The regulatory requirements in the final rule will achieve significant environmental benefits throughout the U.S. while also providing the electric industry more business certainty than EPA’s proposed rule would have provided. “As a result, the rule strikes the right balance of allowing states to be protective of the environment while maintaining reliability of the electric system though much will depend upon state permitting decisions,” noted Bradley. Engagement by the Agency with stakeholders resulted in a more effective rule that allows state permitting authorities to evaluate site-specific factors and consider the costs and benefits of the available technologies.
"We will be reviewing the details of the final rule, but we appreciate the constructive engagement by EPA to hear our concerns with the proposed rule," said Bradley.
The Clean Energy Group