ACC Requests Changes To Proposed Water Intake Structure Rule


Mar 31, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency underestimated the costs businesses would incur from proposed standards for cooling water intake structures at manufacturing facilities and power plants, the American Chemistry Council said in a statement released March 29.

ACC has requested the EPA exempt smaller facilities and broaden technology choices to mitigate potentially high compliance costs.

The EPA estimates capital costs of $40,000 per facility over 10 years. But according to an ACC analysis projected costs are $185,000 to $1 million per technology over the same period.

“We welcome the flexibility provided in these proposed standards,” said Mike Walls, ACC vice president of regulatory and technical affairs.  “By avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the rules can be more effective and achievable.  Businesses will be able to develop site-specific compliance plans and apply the most advanced technologies."

ACC will file comments on the proposed rule by the 90-day deadline.

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