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Fish Protection Info Center

Under Section 316 of the Clean Water Act, the protection of fish species and aquatic communities is a primary focus of water intake and discharge permits for coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power plants as well as industrial facilities. Section 316(a) regulates heated and chlorinated cooling water disch ..... More

Third Thermal Ecology and Regulation Workshop

In October 2011, more than 100 people met at Great River Energy in Maple Grove, Minnesota, for an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)-sponsored workshop on Section 316(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This section of the CWA regulates the thermal effluents of once-through power plant cooling sy ..... More

Water Availability and Use Web-Based Reference

Thermoelectric power plants need sufficient supplies of water to meet generation demands. Many areas of the U.S. are vulnerable to water shortages due to the rising and competing demands for clean, fresh water along with the need to protect the environment. As a result, the pressure on power compani ..... More

Environmental Monitoring for Songkhla A and Bua Ban Offshore Oil Production Fields

NuCoastal Thailand is an independent petroleum exploration and production company with two producing fields in Concession Block G4/53 in the Gulf of Thailand. The fields, offshore Songkhla Province are producing 11,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. Thai environmental regulations require specific ..... More

Environmental Advisor(s) For Development of Guidelines for Preparation of Decommissioning Environmental Assessment (DEA) Report

Tetra Tech gathered a number of technical experts to assist the Petroleum Institute of Thailand (PTIT) to develop a guidelines document (DEA Guidelines) for the preparation of oil and gas facilities decommissioning environmental assessment reports. ..... More

Potential Environmental Impact of Hydrogen-based Transportation and Power Systems

Hydrogen fuel may be used on a larger scale in future transportation and stationary applications. The overall goal of the project was to examine potential environmental effects, focusing on the impacts of various hydrogen production pathways and use on the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere, long- ..... More

Watershed Assessment and Management Website

Over the past decade, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has emphasized a watershed approach for integrated management and protection of rivers, lakes, estuaries, and other water bodies, moving away from the older method of focusing on single point sources. Because of the success of waters ..... More

Web-based Thermal Resource Document

Section 316(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) regulates thermal effluents and provides for a variance from both technology-based limits and water quality standards if it can be demonstrated that the thermal discharge “will assure the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of s ..... More