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Blunt: EPA Listening Session in Kansas City a Key Step in Efforts to Protect Missourians from Harmful Power Rule

February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for holding a listening session today in Kansas City, Mo. to hear Missourians’ feedback on the proposed repeal of the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), one of the most expensive and burdensome regulations handed down by the previous administration.

“I’m pleased the EPA is giving Missourians the opportunity to weigh in on the Trump administration’s effort to scrap costly, massive new energy regulations and protect families in our state,” said Blunt. “The so-called Clean Power Plan would have increased Missourians’ utility costs by double digits, amounting to an additional tax anytime someone turns on a light switch or buys groceries. It would have also increased operating costs for energy intensive industries like manufacturing and agriculture, making it harder for businesses to grow and create more jobs. I’ll continue working with the administration to advance an all-of-the-above energy policy that puts Missouri families first and helps businesses compete in a global economy.”

Missourians have historically relied on coal to power more than 80 percent of our electricity, and Blunt has consistently fought to protect Missouri families from the CPP. According to a NERA Economic Consulting study, the Obama administration’s energy regulations would have added up to $39 billion in annual compliance costs.

In October 2017, Blunt praised EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the EPA would issue a new rule withdrawing the CPP. In April 2017, Blunt welcomed Administrator Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo., where they toured the energy plant and heard from workers, Missouri Electric Cooperative members, and agricultural leaders about the impact excessive regulations would have on their jobs and industries. In his remarks, Blunt commended the Trump administration for the swift action it has taken to rein in the previous administration’s Waters of the United States Rule and the CPP, both of which imposed burdensome, costly red tape on the energy and agriculture sectors while providing little to no environmental benefits.

In February 2016, the Supreme Court blocked implementation of the plan while litigation brought by 27 states, including Missouri, proceeded in the courts. Blunt joined 200 of his colleagues in an amicus brief supporting the states’ case.

In November 2015, Blunt cosponsored two Senate-passed resolutions that would have stopped the Obama administration from implementing the CPP. In May 2015, Blunt cosponsored the bipartisan Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, which also would have rolled back these harmful regulations.

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