EPA's Scott Pruitt touts renewable energy in New England

EPA's Scott Pruitt touts renewable energy in New England

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt gave hydroelectric power plants the Trump administration's seal of approval, as he continued his tour of New England Wednesday.

“EPA will continue to work with our partners in the states to make responsible use of our country’s tremendous natural resources,” Pruitt said after touring FirstLight Energy's Northfield Mountain Generating Station in Massachusetts with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Neil Chatterjee.

The tour followed Pruitt's visit Tuesday to New Hampshire, where he said his agency is working with the Energy Department and others to help the state use timber waste, referred to as biomass, as a renewable energy resource.

The EPA said the Trump administration is "committed to meeting U.S. energy needs by utilizing hydroelectric power."

As the Connecticut power plant ramped up, the water level at its dam fell below required levels.

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