April 20, 2017
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo. Blunt and Pruitt toured the energy plant and heard from workers, Missouri Electric Cooperative members, and agricultural leaders about the impact excessive regulations 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 so-called Clean Power Plan, both of which imposed burdensome, costly red tape on the energy and agriculture sectors.
“President Trump and Administrator Pruitt have wasted no time in dismantling two of the most excessive and harmful Obama administration regulations, the Waters of the United States Rule and the Clean Power Plan,” Blunt said following the event. “I appreciated the opportunity to welcome Administrator Pruitt to Missouri to hear firsthand about the devastating impact these rules would have on energy producers, farmers, ranchers, and, most importantly, Missouri families. The Trump administration is keeping its promise to the American people to rein in red tape and promote a true all-of-the-above energy policy, and I will continue supporting that effort.”
Last week, Blunt spoke during the Missouri State University’s 2017 Agriculture Forum, where he praised President Trump’s Executive Order instructing the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review and reconsider the WOTUS Rule, which gave federal bureaucrats jurisdiction over more than 99 percent of Missouri. Blunt also highlighted an Executive Order issued last month that begins dismantling the so-called Clean Power Plan, which could have driven utility bills up by double digits in Missouri.