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October 22, 2014, 7:09 am
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EPA Grants Permission For Power Plants To Discharge Hot Water

Several Illinois utilities have sought… and received… permission to discharge extra-hot water from their power plants into the state’s waterways… a move they say is needed to keep pace with the high demand for electricity this summer. But City Water Light and Power officials say they’ve been able to avoid the need to resort to that.


The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has granted permits to a number of utilities to temporarily allow the practice, even though experts say the 100-degree-plus water can be harmful to fish that are already stressed from the summer heat and drought conditions.


But CWLP says it has not needed to do that at its Dallman 1, 2 and 3 plants… and the new Dallman 4 does not use hot water discharge as part of its electric generation process.

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