(a) Alternative effluent limitations means all effluent limitations or standards of performance
for the control of the thermal component of any discharge which are established under
section 316(a) and this subpart.
(b) Representative important species means species which are representative, in terms
of their biological needs, of a balanced, indigenous community of shellfish, fish
and wildlife in the body of water into which a discharge of heat is made.
(c) The term balanced, indigenous community is synonymous with the term balanced, indigenous
population in the Act and means a biotic community typically characterized by diversity,
the capacity to sustain itself through cyclic seasonal changes, presence of necessary
food chain species and by a lack of domination by pollution tolerant species. Such a community may include historically non-native species introduced in connection
with a program of wildlife management and species whose presence or abundance results
from substantial, irreversible environmental modifications. Normally, however, such a community will not include species whose presence or abundance
is attributable to the introduction of pollutants that will be eliminated by compliance
by all sources with section 301(b)(2) of the Act; and may not include species whose
presence or abundance is attributable to alternative effluent limitations imposed
pursuant to section 316(a).
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