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Giant Bass-O-Matic Power Plants Killing Millions Of Great Lakes Fish

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Image Credit Seabamirum Power plants on rivers and lakes have usually been built with "once-through" cooling, where water is sucked in and dumped back into the lakes as much as 30 degrees hotter. Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune writes that the effects on the ecosystem are huge: Staggering numbers of fish die when pulled into the screens of water intake systems so powerful that most could fill an Olympic swimming pool in less than a minute. Billions more eggs, larvae and juvenile fish that are small enough to pass through the screens are cooked to death by intense heat and high pressure inside the coal, gas and nuclear plants. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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