What does it mean to be 316B compliant? And who does it effect?

What does it mean to be 316B compliant? And who does it effect?
2/8/2012 6:31:35 PM
The Clean Water Act Section 316B - Who needs it? This regulation only effects existing manufacturing facilities and power plants. Although power plants are the most commonly effected, 316B also applied to iron, steel, paper, chemicals, petroleum and many other manufacturers. The rule is if you withdraw 2 million gallons or more of cooling water a day you need to look into being 316B compliant.

Why is the EPA enforcing this law? The new screens will reduce once through cooling system's negative impact on the environment. Often times fish (or other small wildlife) are trapped against screens or are drawn into the facility. Both are dangerous and often prove to be fatal, the EPA says an estimated 2 billion + crabs, fish and shrimp die this way per year. In order to prevent this from continuing, plants need screens with fish handling toughs. There are some variations that can be implemented but in short, it is a cost effective option to protect the ecosystem surrounding the site.
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