(AP) The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring power plants and factories to reduce the billions of fish, crabs and shrimp killed by cooling water systems each year.
New standards issued Monday will force more than 1,000 power plants and factories that withdraw at least 2 million gallons of water a day from adjacent waterways to take steps to minimize the number of fish sucked into their facilities. Marine animals, many juvenile, die by either being pinned or by being exposed to heat, chemicals and other stress once they are trapped inside.
The rule is among a series issued by the Obama administration targeting various forms of air and water pollution from the nation's aging coal-fired power plants.
New units will be required to recycle their cooling water.