Limit, cease or prohibit the discharge of cooling effluents from power stations
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
The cooling water effluents of power stations may be released from power plants back into rivers, lakes, or the ocean. The discharge of warm water, often containing chemicals, can damage marine and freshwater mammal habitats and contribute to harmful algal blooms (Barnett 1972). Limiting, ceasing or prohibiting the discharge of cooling effluents from power stations may reduce these effects.
Barnett P.R.O. (1972) Effects of warm water effluents from power stations on marine life. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: B, 180, 497–509.