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Moving Toward a Cleaner, Safer, Healthier Environment

Cleaner Water

Setting Standards for Industrial Sources

Three new rules will substantially reduce pollutant discharges from industrial facilities, improve water quality, and protect both human health and aquatic life by setting improved standards:

  • Coal Mining: New initiatives protect rivers. Wastewater standards will clean up 5,000 miles of impaired streams in Appalachia and improve watersheds in the arid West by restoring land at active mines to pre-mining conditions.
  • Iron and Steel Manufacturing: New rules update and revise wastewater standards from the 1980s to improve environmental protection and reflect technological changes in manufacturing processes. The improved standards reduce pollutant discharges by 1.4 million pounds, including toxic pollutants that increase cancer risk.
  • Water Intake Structures: New standards for location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures will protect fish, shellfish, and other aquatic life from being killed or injured by cooling water intake structures, common at large power plants. The standards encourage innovation and allow facilities to tailor protection measures to local circumstances.



Cleaner Air

Addressing Global Climate Change

Cleaner Water

Cleaner Lands

Healthier Ecosystems

A Cleaner, Healthier World Community

Healthier People

President Bush’s Performance-Based FY 2005 Budget


September 2004

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