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316(b) Compliance Updates

Event Description and Agenda:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided long-awaited guidance on fish protection at cooling water intake structures (CWIS) on May 19, 2014. The final Rule issued under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act applies to facilities that withdraw at least two million gallons per day (MGD) of cooling water from Waters of the U.S. The requirements set forth in the final Rule will be implemented through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process.

While some plants are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the legal challenges to resolve, a number of pro-active utilities are forging ahead and making significant progress on compliance. By working with state and regional EPA authorities, they are accessing the fish populations in their waterways to determine the best impingement technologies and entrainment reducing technologies.

This webinar will examine current, in-progress efforts by leading utilities as they move towards 316(b) compliance, including site-specific CWIS designs and operating procedures that ensure the plant's next permitting process is as straightforward as possible. Featured instructors are all working in current 316(b) permitting processes.

  • Review NPDES permitting process and how 316(b) falls within it
  • Discuss biological studies and sampling plans
  • Analyze the engineering economics for compliance taking into account social costs and social benefits
  • Review pressing metrics for utilities with cooling water intake structures
  • Examine regional EPA compliance progress
  • Discuss current case studies and evaluate project progress

 

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