To prevent thermal pollution and to conserve our water supply, it appears that we must learn to live with natural draft cooling towers, at least for the next several decades. Proponents of natural draft cooling towers maintain that the possibility of localized fogging and icing is negligible, but the potential hazards of artificial salt fallout are very real. Also, there appears to be a trend developing in the law which could lead to an action against the operator of a natural draft cooling tower for aesthetic annoyances. There are several theories of action which might lie in such cases, but the most logical cause of action is one in nuisance. Recovery, however, would probably be limited to damages, rather than injunctive relief. Present levels of engineering technology indicate that it should be feasible to build a nonhazardous natural draft cooling tower. Therefore, it is incumbent upon power plant owners to build their cooling towers to essentially a "zero discharge" standard, or to build them at a reasonable distance from the public.
Corkran, Thomas D.
"Considerations of Potential Tort Liability With Respect to Natural Draft Cooling Towers Associated With Steam-Electric Power Plants,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
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