EPA 316(B) Rule Applied to Hydroelectric Facilities

Recent EPA Actions

The EPA has recently announced the updated NPDES General Permit (GP) guidelines for hydroelectric facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and it’s essential to take prompt action. As of April 15, 2023, operators are required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) by June 14, 2023, in order to maintain compliance with the new regulations. We are here to support you in navigating these changes and ensuring a seamless transition.

What’s new in the GP?

  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS) sampling added
  • 316(b) impingement requirements for cooling water
  • Endangered species protection
  • Best Management Practices (BMP) plan

Following authorization to discharge, a 180-day window is provided for compliance. If needed, you may request an extension to accommodate the installation of new technology. It is vital to keep in mind the four options for satisfying 316(b) impingement mortality and address endangered species concerns. Our team is committed to helping you keep your hydroelectric facility both energized and in compliance with the most recent EPA regulations. We are at your service!

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EPA 316(B) Rule Applied to Hydroelectric Facilities (kleinschmidtgroup.com)