Ocean Standards – CWA §316(b) Regulation
THERMAL DISCHARGES - COOLING WATER INTAKE STRUCTURES
Statewide Advisory Committee on Cooling Water Intake Structures
The Statewide Advisory Committee on Cooling Water Intake Structures (SACCWIS) was convened by the Executive Director of the State Water Board to advise the State Water Board on the implementation of the recently adopted “Policy on the Use of Coastal and Estuarine Waters for Power Plant Cooling” (Policy) to ensure that implementation plans and schedules established by the Policy are realistic and will not cause disruption to the State’s electrical power supply. SACCWIS includes representatives from the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Coastal Commission, California State Lands Commission, California Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator, and the State Water Board.
SACCWIS will review the implementation plans and schedules, which are required to be submitted by the power plant owners and operators by April 1, 2011. SACCWIS will review the submitted plans and schedules to ensure that the deadlines in the Policy account for local area and grid reliability, including permitting constraints. SACCWIS must report to the State Water Board with recommendations no later than October 1, 2011. The State Water Board may then direct staff to amend the Policy, if needed. SACCWIS will continue to meet and provide annual reports to the State Water Board until the Policy has been fully implemented.
SACCWIS meetings will be scheduled regularly and as needed. Meetings are open to the public and will be noticed at least 10 days in advance of each meeting. All SACCWIS products will be made available to the public.
- Permitting Issues - Renan Jauregui at (916) 341-5505 or by email at RJauregui@waterboards.ca.gov
- Policy Issues - Mariela Carpio-Obeso at (916) 341-5576 or by email at MarielaPaz.Carpio-Obeso@waterboards.ca.gov
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