Washington, DC (May 19, 2014) - Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) final rule under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act:
"We are thoroughly reviewing the final rule, and will continue to work with our members and state partners to assess its impact on electric utilities' ability to provide reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean electricity to their customers. We appreciate EPA's constructive process to engage all stakeholders.
"The electric power industry has worked for years to educate and inform policymakers of the potential impacts of this regulation on customers and the need for a flexible and cost-effective final rule. Based upon our initial review of the rule, we are pleased that EPA has avoided imposing a categorical one-size-fits-all approach to compliance; has embraced significant elements of flexibility; and has acknowledged the importance of weighing costs with environmental protection.
"Compared to the proposed rule, the final rule's overall compliance costs will be lower; however, the final rule will present significant operational and compliance challenges. We remain concerned that the rule will not provide states with sufficient flexibility to regulate cooling water impacts cost-effectively on a case-by-case basis.
"EEI's member companies strongly support our nation's environmental laws, and our industry continues to ensure that those laws are fully met in a manner that protects the environment while avoiding unnecessary burdens on electricity consumers."