The focus was on coal

CLIFTON HILL, Missouri.—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Thursday welcomed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to welcome Mr. Pruitt to Missouri and tour the Thomas Hill Co-op, with him to see firsthand the facilities that supply electricity for so many Missourians” Hartzler said. “It was refreshing to hear the head of the EPA talk about prioritizing both the environment and job growth. As he said, ‘It’s a false choice to force our country to choose between the two.’  I look forward to working with him to keep electricity affordable for Missourian’s under the new paradigm of shared leadership between federal state, and local entities.”

Thomas Hill Energy Center, an Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. site, employs about 230 people and is an important resource for providing members reliable, around-the-clock electricity at an affordable cost. The plant also has received national recognition for its efficiency and successful conversion to low-sulfur coal that reduced sulfur dioxide emissions 90 percent, Hartzler says.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more coal is consumed for electricity generation in Missouri than in all but three other states in the nation; only Texas, Illinois, and Indiana use more. Coal fuels about three-fourths of Missouri’s net electricity generation, she explained.

Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Thomas Hill Energy Center, in the U.S. House of Representatives.