Long, Noah

California's Water Board Shouldn't Gut Power Plant Initiative to Protect Oceans

By: Noah Long
Natural Resources Defense Council

The California State Water Board is considering a major and poorly analyzed Amendment that will dramatically weaken the Board’s recently adopted Policy to phase-out the harmful and antiquated technology of once-through cooling in coastal power plants in California. As my colleague Leila Monroe blogged, this post-World War II technology, uses sea water to cool power plants. Once-through cooling has tremendous harmful impacts on California’s coastal and marine environment. Every day, 19 power plants on our coast suck in more than 15 billion gallons of sea water, killing nearly all the marine life that water contains.