NAHB Joins EPA Forum on Regulatory Issues Impacting Small Businesses

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on November 9, 2018 0 Comments

NAHB member Bill Sanderson, a developer from Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the Environmental Issues Committee, participated this week in a forum of small businesses at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss environmental regulatory and permitting issues impacting small businesses.

On behalf of NAHB’s membership, Sanderson identified a number of opportunities for EPA leadership to work collaboratively with NAHB to simplify the stormwater permitting, recordkeeping and inspection process.

NAHB outlined the challenges that small builders face while working on individual lots within existing residential subdivisions and having to comply with EPA’s complicated 265-page construction general permit (CGP) for stormwater discharges during active construction. This permit includes requirements that often do not apply to small builders working on individual lots within already permitted residential subdivisions.

NAHB asked EPA to issue a streamlined permit that applies only to residential lots within a subdivision, building on the success of the small residential lot stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) template that NAHB helped EPA develop in 2015. NAHB also asked EPA to update this small lot SWPPP template to reflect changes by EPA in the 2017 CGP.

On the stormwater inspection process, NAHB has urged EPA to support so-called “find & fix” approaches for conducting stormwater inspections. In these situations, inspectors allow developers and builders to immediately address recordkeeping or minor violations that do not result in actual environmental harm without the risk of future enforcement actions by EPA.

EPA officials said they did not conduct many stormwater inspections and would support deferring to the state programs, including those with “find & fix” inspection approaches.

For more information, contact John Kosco, 800-368-5242 x8124.


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