Water

Water Demands of coal power plants in drought affected regions of India

A detailed report by Greenpeace that analyses the water demands of coal power plants in drought affected regions of India, a country which has 4% of water resources but more than 17% of the worlds' population. The report illustrates that long term planning of water resources is necessary to prevent severe droughts. Coal power plants are one of most water-intensive industrial users of fresh water across the world and in India.

An Audit of the Canadian Mining Sector in British Columbia.

This audit of British Columbia’s mining sector exposes poor regulation and inadequate environmental enforcement of British Columbia’s mining industry. It highlights the failure to coordinate between the Ministry of Energy and Mining and The Ministry of Environment along with the exorbitant expenses of cleaning after spills, and water contamination. It urges the British Columbian Government to create an independent enforcement unit for mining activities, with a mandate to ensure the protection of the environment in place of the existing setup which is hampered by conflicts of interests.

The Great Water Grab

This report for the first time evaluates and discloses the severe global impacts that our continuing reliance on coal-fired power is having on the world's fresh water resources. The world’s rapidly dwindling freshwater resources could be further depleted if plans for hundreds of new coal power plants worldwide go ahead, threatening severe drought and competition. The report finds that the world's coal plants consume enough freshwater to sustain 1 billion people.

EPA Announces National Limits to Reduce Toxic Pollutants Discharged into Waterways by Steam Electric Power Plants

Media Release, EPA, 20th September 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized a rule that will reduce the discharge of toxic pollutants into America’s waterways from steam electric power plants by 1.4 billion pounds annually, as well as reduce water withdrawal by 57 billion gallons per year, resulting in an estimated benefit of $463 million per year to Americans across the country.