Learn how outdated power plant cooling systems kill billions of fish and other aquatic life every year, and how this senseless destruction can be stopped.
The nation's power plants withdraw massive amounts of water every day from rivers, lakes, and the ocean, destroying 2 billion fish and 528 billion eggs and larvae each year. It's time for states to put a stop to this needless devastation.
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.
After 40 years of bureaucratic paralysis and continued decimation of the nation's ecosystems and fisheries, hundreds of the power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. After missing yet another deadline, will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?
Recently, GRACE Program Director Kyle Rabin interviewed Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University. They discussed threats to Long Island's drinking water supply, harmful algal blooms like brown tide and how a local shellfisherman's personal story inspired Chris's path as a scientist and professor.
Barring any cataclysmic events, here are our predicted trends for 2012 in Food, Water and Energy (Fwenergy, if you will). And while there are no doomsday scenarios, not everything looks rosy for 2012.
For years, opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have faced a tough question: where does the replacement power come from if the plant is shuttered? It’s a fair question even from the perspective of a renewable energy advocate.
Despite the dangers they pose to our health, there are no national limits on the amount of mercury and other toxins released from power plant smokestacks. But now the EPA is proposing to change that and wants to hear from you by August 4th.
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.