Regulatory Compliance

Pacific Netting Products has designed and manufactured a wide range of barrier nets that help regulated facilities comply with Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act, which applies to facilities in the U.S. that withdraw at least two million gallons of water per day for cooling purposes. The rule requires existing facilities that withdraw at least 25% of their water from an adjacent waterbody exclusively for cooling purposes to reduce fish impingement. To “ensure flexibility,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides multiple options for meeting “best technology available” requirements to reduce impingement. The regulation also provides the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit director with the authority to establish additional measures such as requiring seasonal deployment of barrier nets. PNP is committed to supporting customers’ efforts to comply with this important regulation.