Steam Electric Power Plants
We are currently focused on the immediate needs of power companies working to comply with EPA standards that will soon be finalized.
No matter whether natural gas, coal, or oil fired, the wastewater discharged from steam electric power plants will be subject to the strengthened EPA regulations regarding the content of heavy metals and trace constituents.
The current steam electric power plant rules apply to about 1,200 nuclear- and fossil-fueled steam electric power plants nationwide, 500 of which are coal-fired. In a 2009 study, EPA found that these regulations, which were promulgated in 1982, do not adequately address the pollutants being discharged and have not kept pace with changes that have occurred in the electric power industry over the last three decades. Pollutants of concern include metals (e.g., mercury, arsenic, and selenium), nutrients, and total dissolved solids. In June 2013, EPA initiated revised rules for power plant ELG.
The proposed rule presents four “preferred alternatives” for strengthening controls on wastewater discharges from steam electric power plants that would cut annual pollutant discharges by up to 2.6 billion pounds and cut water use by 50 billion to 103 billion gallons per year. The four options are based on varying levels of treatment for seven different waste streams generated by the plants and differ in the stringency of the treatment controls to be imposed. The rulemaking addresses wastewater discharges from coal ash storage ponds and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) air pollution controls, as well as other power plant waste streams.
Steam electric power plants currently account for more than half of all toxic pollutants discharged into streams, rivers and lakes from permitted industrial facilities in the United States. High exposure to these types of pollutants has been linked to neurological damage and cancer as well as damage to the circulatory system, kidneys and liver. Toxic heavy metals do not break down in the environment and can also contaminate sediment in waterways and impact aquatic life and wildlife, including large-scale die-offs of fish.
“America’s waterways are vital to the health and well-being of our communities,” said former EPA Deputy Administrator (2014) Bob Perciasepe. “Reducing the pollution of our waters is a win-win for our public health and our economic vitality.”
Other industrial applications for CCT Technology
We are also drawing interest from potential clients faced with issues regarding radioactive isotopes including uranium, stronitum, and barium. We can also remove kelated metals from waste water.
These are just some of the other industries and applications where our technologies can be implemented to treat wastewater:
• Municipal drinking water
• Storm water runoff
• Port run-off