California okays coastal power-plant modifications

California water resource regulators, seeking to protect marine life, approved a policy late on Tuesday that will force closure or costly changes at 19 coastal power plants that use ocean water to cool equipment.

The policy, which calls for reduction of ocean water use by 93 percent over a period of years, would affect power plants totaling 23,000 megawatts.

This is more than one-third of the installed capacity in the state and would include California’s two nuclear stations….

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