National Grid Responds to EPA's Final Cooling Water Intake Structure Rule

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National Grid issues in acknowledgment of the final rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act.

National Grid issued a statement today in acknowledgment of the final rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act. Issued on May 19, the rule will affect cooling water intake structures at U.S. power plants, achieve significant environmental benefits and provide those plants with lower-cost compliance options than previously proposed in order to reduce fish impingement and entrainment.

“National Grid appreciates EPA’s work to develop a final rule that recognizes site specific differences,” said Tom King, President of National Grid US. “Taking into account stakeholder concerns, the EPA has designed a rule that provides industry technology choices that not only ensure environmental benefits are achieved, but also provide companies the flexibility to install the most appropriate technology based on site-specific factors.”

King added that National Grid is committed to respecting the environmental resources and biodiversity of the landscape where its facilities are located. National Grid will continue to engage with its state permitting directors to ensure its facilities meet the cooling water intake requirements consistent with this rule.

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