Cooling Water Intake Structures
Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act requires EPA to issue regulations on the design and operation of intake structures, in order to minimize adverse environmental impacts. The goal is to reduce impingement mortality and entrainment of fish and other aquatic organisms at cooling water intake structures (CWISs) used by certain power generation and manufacturing facilities for the withdrawal of cooling water from waters of the United States (WOTUS). EPA published a final regulation to establish Section 316(b) requirements for Phase II (existing) facilities on August 15, 2014 (Final Rule).
Upcoming 316(b) Stakeholder Meeting
TCEQ has scheduled a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss and obtain feedback on TCEQ guidelines for implementing Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act and future revisions to application worksheets. The most recent meeting was Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the TCEQ offices in Austin, Texas. Future meetings will be announced when scheduled. Please review the 12/14/2016 "Draft Worksheets" - Handouts and submit any questions and comments to Shannon.Gibson@tceq.texas.gov and/or Outreach@tceq.texas.gov. Please include “316(b)” in the subject line of your email.
316(b) Stakeholder Meetings
Notification /Meeting Notes
|December 14, 2016||Agenda||Application Requirements Flowchart
Application Requirements Handout
TCEQ CWIS Worksheet Instructions
TCEQ CWIS Worksheet
|November 03, 2016||Agenda||Draft of 316b webpage Final Version
Visio-POC FlowchartVisio-Application Requirements Flowchart
Visio-316b Applicability Flowchart
|April 14, 2016||Agenda||Worksheet 11.0
|September 10, 2015||Agenda||CWIS Presentation Draft Outline||CWIS Presentation||TCEQ|