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June 01, 2011

Stop Shredding the Fish

 

It is no coincidence that power plants are located along some of our nation's mightiest rivers and most treasured waterways. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, power plants use more water than any other industry sector in the United States, withdrawing more than 200 billion gallons daily.

Nearly all of this water is used for "once-through cooling," an antiquated cooling system that sucks millions of gallons of water into the plant's cooling system and then spits it back out at a much hotter temperature.

And power plant cooling water intake systems kill billions of fish and aquatic creatures each year. This process is demonstrated above using that excellent new animation by Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore.

Fortunately, there is a better way known as "closed-cycle cooling" -- the best technology available to reduce the environmental damages from cooling water systems.

You can help stop the fish shredding. Take action now to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its proposed safeguard for cooling towers nationwide.

Don't let the coal and nuclear industry get just what they asked for – weak standards to follow and a free pass to avoid the adoption of the latest water-saving and wildlife-protecting technologies.

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