On September 30, 2015, the U.S. EPA finalized its Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) for the Steam Electric Power Generating point source category. The new rule focuses on fossil- and nuclear-powered steam generating plants whose primary purpose is to generate electricity for distribution and sale, and who discharge to surface water via an NPDES permit or to a POTW via a pre-treatment permit. The rule sets technology-based limitations on wastewater discharges, and includes the first limits on toxic metals in wastewater generated by power plants. The U.S. EPA projects a 1.4 billion pound reduction in toxic metals, nutrients, and other pollutants discharged by steam electric power plants, and a 57 billion gallon reduction in water withdrawal as a result of the revised rule.
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