Clean Water Act Ammendment Proposed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing minor changes to EPA's final rule implementing section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for new facilities that use water withdrawn from rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, oceans or other waters of the United States for cooling purposes.

The rule, published December 18, 2001, established national technology-based performance requirements applicable to the location, design, construction and capacity of cooling water intake structures at new facilities. The national requirements establish the best technology available for minimizing adverse environmental impact associated with the use of these structures.

EPA is proposing several minor changes to the December 2001 rule because, in several instances, the Phase I final rule text does not reflect the Agency's intent.

Written comments must be received by January 27, 2003.

For further information, contact Martha Segall, EPA Office of Water by phone at (202) 566-1041 or by e-mail [email protected].

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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