EPA's 40-Year Battle For Water Cooling Regs: A Cheat Sheet

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (June 21, 2016, 9:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's thus-far unsuccessful attempt to regulate how existing power plants and factories suck in water to cool their machinery is one of the longest-running environmental rulemakings, dating back to 1976 and leading to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2009. Now that the legal battle is flaring up again at the Second Circuit, Law360 provides a cheat sheet on what's at stake and what the key developments are so far.

The EPA finalized its latest attempt to regulate cooling water intake systems at existing structures in August 2014. The Second Circuit is now tasked with deciding whether...

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