Law360 Speaks to Manatt Division Chair on New Cooling Water Intake Regulations

Environment Regulation to Watch in 2014; Cooling Water Intake
– Law360

Law360 interviewed Manatt's Craig Moyer, chair of the firm's Land, Environment & Natural Resources Division, on how the EPA's new Clean Water Act rules will affect industrial facilities.

As reported by Law360, the EPA is scheduled this month to release new Clean Water Act regulations that call for minimizing the impact of cool water intake systems on the environment. The rules require that the location, design, construction and capacity of cooling water intake structures reflect the best technology available for minimizing adverse environmental impact. More than 1,500 industrial facilities use large volumes of cooling water.

Moyer told Law360 that if the final rule changes the concept of single-cycle cooling, then it could substantially run up costs for all existing power plants.

"The amount of technology necessary to change them from once through to something else will be very significant for aging power plants," Moyer said.

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