Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke directly to 500 members of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives on December 1st as part of his listening tour around the country. He called on rural electric cooperatives to help policy makers understand the impact of federal rules and regulations on member-consumers. Pruitt committed to more clarity in federal rules, especially WOTUS and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. His vision of a re-write of the Clean Power Plan is one where local utility providers, such as the rural electric cooperatives, can decide the best ways to provide “stable, reliable and cost-effective energy.” He described a new culture at EPA, under his leadership, that clarifies objectives and measures results. Pruitt described President Trump as a leader who is focused on results and empowers his cabinet. Later that day, Rural Power Advocates attended the EPA Town Hall with Administrator Pruitt in Nevada, Iowa along with about 100 attendees interested in rural issues.