The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is allowing power stations “to dump millions of gallons of hot water into Illinois waterways each day,” a Chicago Tribune report released Monday shows.
Byron Nuclear plant in Illinois (photo: Michael Kappel) Coal and nuclear power plants have had problems getting discharge waters down to the thermal limits because the waters they are bringing in are already warmer than normal due to excessive heat and drought.
Provisions from the agency now allow four coal-fired and four nuclear plants to discharge water up to 97 degrees, the report shows. Environmental groups warn that releasing these hot waters back into waterways can cause ecological harm.
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