EPA's Cooling Water Rule Invites Industry-Enviro Clashes

By Sean McLernon (May 20, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT) -- The flexibility that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows power plants and factories in its long-delayed cooling water intake regulation will draw environmental challenges to both the overall measure and future permit decisions, experts say, with some groups already gearing up for a knock-down, drag-out legal fight over the rule.

Environmental organizations have been pressing the EPA for years to issue Clean Water Act rules requiring existing facilities that suck in water from lakes and rivers to implement technology that minimizes fish harm. The groups are not pleased with the result, using words like "weak" and "worthless" to describe the final...

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