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Stop the Delaware River Fish Kills!
There's a Better Way to Cool Off
Three industrial facilities on the Delaware River are consuming huge amounts of water and killing billions of fish each year under expired state permits. The Sierra Club has taken legal action to force two of these three plants to reduce their impacts on the Delaware River as part of the campaign to Stop the Delaware River Fish Kills. The Delaware River is an essential habitat for a wide variety of fish, water fowl, and other aquatic animals and plants and we need your help to protect this local wildlife!
The Salem Nuclear Plant, the Mercer Generating Station, and the Delaware City Refinery each use outdated once through cooling systems which trap and kill fish as water is sucked in to cool the plant and then release polluting, super-heated water back into the Delaware.
Each year Salem kills 3 billion fish, larvae, and eggs, Mercer slaughters 70 million and the Delaware City Refinery destroys over 45 million. Together the 3 facilities extract close to 4 billion gallons of water a day from the Delaware.
The Clean Water Act requires these plants to limit their impacts but each facility is operating under an expired permit for its cooling system that fails to impose essential limits. The Sierra Club joined Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Delaware Audubon, New Jersey Environmental Federation, and other coalition partners to take action to legally force New Jersey and Delaware to issue updated permits for the plants.
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