Yes, in particular, the heated water discharged from many nuclear power plants can be a form of water pollution. These heated areas attract many fish and other aquatic life and can lead to physical and genetic abnormalities. Additionally, it can attract invasive and non-native species that can dominate the ecosystem. The removal of these heat sources has also been known to kill of many animals that have become accustom to the constant heat source.
Yes, waste heat pollution is considered a pollutant just like acids or organic solvents in water. it disrupts life in the water nearby, and while heat pollution “biodegrades” very quickly, it still causes harm.
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