• The latest measure amends California’s Ocean Plan to make clear that regulators must evaluate the best available sites, designs, technologies and mitigation measures for minimizing harm to the environment from desalination plants.
  • It also sets a standard limit for the discharge of desalination’s waste byproducts back into the ocean, and imposes monitoring and reporting requirements for the discharges.
  • Desalination has emerged as a promising technology in the face of a record dry spell now gripping California for a fourth straight year, depleting its reservoirs and aquifers and raising the costs of importing water from elsewhere.

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