The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended the public comment period by 30 days from July 19 for the cooling water intake structures proposed rule. The agency said the change will not affect its schedule for issuing a final rule by July 27, 2012.
This proposed rule, based on Section 316 (b) of the Clean Water Act, aims to protect fish and other aquatic organisms drawn each year into cooling water systems at large power plants and factories.
The original 90-day public comment period was set to expire on July 19, 2011. EPA said it will publish a notice of this 30-day extension in the Federal Register.
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