|June 11, 2014|
Previously published on June 2014
On May 19, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") released a final rule with Clean Water Act ("CWA") standards for cooling water intake structures ("CWIS") at existing manufacturing facilities and power plants. The final standards are more flexible than those proposed by EPA for existing facilities in April 2011. Still, many facilities will face significant compliance costs and more burdensome application requirements when renewing their wastewater discharge permits under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System ("NPDES"). Companies should begin planning for compliance well in advance of their NPDES permit renewals to allow sufficient time for data collection, the preparation of studies to demonstrate compliance, and any necessary changes to CWIS technologies or operational practices at their facilities.