Many people know that power plants are a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gasses; however, few are aware that many of those same plants kill and injure fish and other aquatic life.
It takes a significant amount of water to create energy, and a significant amount of energy to move and treat water.
Food, water and energy -- they may not seem like they are connected but the systems that help produce and bring fresh food and energy as well as clean, abundant water to you, are intertwined.
Many older thermoelectric power plants require tremendous amounts of water for cooling. This animation takes you through the process and illustrates why there are such devastating consequences for fish and other aquatic life.
Many New York power plants are withdrawing cooling water - and injuring or killing aquatic life - even when they are not generating any electricity.
While working as a contractor at a Long Island-based power plant, Rob Weltner witnessed firsthand the devastating impact that the facility’s outdated cooling water intake system can have on aquatic life.
Learn more about the damage caused by the nation’s older power plants and what the EPA proposes to do about it, from Executive Director and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay and environmental attorney Reed Super.
For over a decade, Reed Super, a public interest environmental attorney, has fought hard to protect aquatic ecosystems from outdated power plants.
Last month the EPA was willing to restrict the nasty air toxins that power plants emit, but it was less inclined to regulate what those plants are sucking in, namely fish.
Older power plants are addicted to water, but changing weather patterns and increasing demands are making water more scarce and putting these outdated plants at risk. Can the power industry kick its water habit?
Are fish are shutting down power plants in protest? Or is the record-breaking heat and drought causing some big problems for both this summer?
Whether it’s the flooded Northeast or drought-stricken Texas, the threats are different, but the problems are the same: Farms are devastated, power plants shut down and water supplies are threatened.
What issue could create such an unlikely fight - fish vs. people - for the public’s support? Surprisingly, the debate over cooling systems used at power plants.