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EPA Finalizes Cooling Water Intake Rule - CWA § 316(b)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) has announced that it will finalize its regulations for cooling water intake systems under § 316(b) of the Clean Water Act on May 16, 2014. EPA was initially ordered to segment the rulemaking process into three phases. After completion, the Second Circuit remanded Phases II and back to the Agency for reconsideration. This new rule combines both phases into one final regulation. According to EPA, it balances the need of thousands of power and industrial facilities across the country to use water for cooling systems while minimizing the impacts on nearby aquatic ecosystems.