316(b) Applications: Thoughts from a Regulator on Study Plans
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule implementing §316(b) of the Clean Water Act for Existing Facilities on August 15, 2014. This regulatory action affects over 1,000 facilities (power plants, pulp and paper mills, iron mills, chemical plants, oil & gas facilities) throughout the U.S. that use cooling water. Industries, federal and state regulatory and resource agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public are now faced with the challenge of implementing this rule.
This presentation will provide an overview of EPA's experiences with permitting authorities and permittees in developing the plans to collect the information, both biological and technological, that is necessary to address the application requirements of the rule.