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EPA administrator, Sen. Blunt address agency's regulations at mid-Missouri power plant

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt visited a mid-Missouri power plant to speak about the government getting out of the business of "picking winners and losers" in the energy sector. (Caileigh Peterson/KRCG)

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited a mid-Missouri power plant to speak about the government getting out of the business of "picking winners and losers" in the energy sector.

Pruitt was joined by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Blunt said the best thing the government has done in the last 70 days is get rid of outrageous power rules and water rules.

Pruitt spoke about the EPA's "getting back to basics agenda," President Trump's Energy Independence executive order and executive order Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Executive Order.

"The war on coal is over; the war on fossil fuels is over," Pruitt said. "We see victory."

Hartzler said mid-Missourians will benefit from the Energy Independence Executive Order by more affordable utility bills.

Pruitt said the EPA will no longer have power over the states and will stay "in it's own lane," regarding the energy sector.

"We should allow the states and the local level still to be able to continue to work on these things while providing affordable energy for the people of this area," Hartzler said.

The Sierra Club, a mid-Missouri clean energy advocate, said the Trump Administration's environmental policies are detrimental to the well being of Missouri communities.



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