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316(b)

Compliance ◊ Operational Efficiency ◊ Savings

Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act presents the power generation industry with significant challenges. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “316(b) requires that the location, design, construction and capacity of cooling water intake structures reflect the best technology available for minimizing adverse environmental impact.” Section 316(b) applies to power plants (and manufacturing facilities) with the capacity to withdraw 2 million gallons of water per day from an adjacent body of water and use at least 25 percent of that water exclusively for cooling.

These facilities must use “best technology available” (BTA) to meet minimum standards of reducing rates of Impingement Mortality – fish and shellfish killed by entrapment on intake racks and screens – and Entrainment – fish eggs or larvae drawn into the cooling system. Which technologies meet BTA standards for the most part is left to state regulatory agencies.

Compliance with 316(b) carries significant impact on a power plant, with cost and plant efficiency being paramount. Solutions for 316(b) compliance vary widely in both cost and impact on plant operation. Plants operating under a NPDES or state PDES may implement and test 316(b) compliance technologies to determine their effectiveness and fit for their budget and operational parameters.

Custom-Designed Support

We offer a unique solution to the challenges of 316(b) compliance through our distinctive approach to traveling water screen technology and individual client needs.

Our extensive experience with traveling water screen solutions allows us to custom-design a bundle of services that meet the exact requirements of each client.  From installation and maintenance to monitoring and verification, we work in coordination with the manufacturer of choice to provide the specific experience, expertise and support that is required through every phase of the project - from inception to completion.

As each client's requirements are unique, MVN's custom-designed support makes us a trusted partner in providing clients with the reliable solution to their specific 316(b) challenges.

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