Last week, NAHB urged the White House to exclude the recently reissued Clean Water Act nationwide wetland permits (NWPs) from a regulatory “freeze” — and the White House paid attention.
Imposed by the Trump Administration to allow for a review of rules that were issued during Obama’s final days in office, the freeze threatened to delay the effective date of the NWPs and create a lapse in their availability.
Without NWPs, builders and developers would be forced to obtain more costly and time-consuming “individual” wetland permits when their activities impact waters of the United States.
In response to NAHB’s request, the White House Office of Management and Budget has exempted the NWPs from the regulatory freeze, avoiding a lapse in permit availability. The 2017 NWPs will go into effect March 19, as originally scheduled.
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