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EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on April 21, 2020 0 Comments
EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 14 announced its proposal to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) including both fine particles (PM2.5) and coarse particles (PM10). 

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Timeline Begins for Implementation of Trump WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on April 21, 2020 0 Comments
Timeline Begins for Implementation of Trump WOTUS Rule

The Federal Register today published the final “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR), which is the Trump Administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Publication of the rule starts a 60-day timeline, after which the NWPR will become effective across the country.

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FEMA to Allow for Remote Inspection of Flood Losses

FEMA to Allow for Remote Inspection of Flood Losses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a new  COVID-19 Remote Claims Adjusting Guidance memorandum that allows for remote inspections of flood losses to protect the health and safety of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders and NFIP adjusters during the outbreak.

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FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on March 30, 2020 0 Comments
FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from 30 days to 120 days.

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NAHB Provides Analysis on New EPA Water Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on March 13, 2020 1 Comment
NAHB Provides Analysis on New EPA Water Rule

On Jan. 23, 2020, at the 2020 International Builders’ Show, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation. The new regulation, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, redefines the federal definition of WOTUS under the Clean Water Act.

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NAHB Testifies House Energy Bill Would Harm Housing Affordability

NAHB Testifies House Energy Bill Would Harm Housing Affordability

NAHB today urged the House to oppose to H.R. 3962, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2019, warning that the legislation would exacerbate the nation’s housing affordability woes.

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In a Big Splash for Housing, EPA Chief Announces New Water Rule at IBS

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on January 23, 2020 8 Comments
In a Big Splash for Housing, EPA Chief Announces New Water Rule at IBS

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler today announced a final, new “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas that resolves years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends.

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New Environmental Review Process Will Boost Infrastructure Projects

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on January 9, 2020 0 Comments
New Environmental Review Process Will Boost Infrastructure Projects

The Trump administration today proposed regulatory reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act that will boost infrastructure projects that are needed to support residential land development projects.

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A Look Back at Significant Wins in 2019

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Environment, Legal, Trade by on January 2, 2020 0 Comments
A Look Back at Significant Wins in 2019

NAHB achieved a number of significant victories in 2019 on a broad range of issues, including housing affordability, taxes, regulations and more.

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FEMA Defers Implementation of New Flood Insurance Risk Rating System

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on November 7, 2019 2 Comments
FEMA Defers Implementation of New Flood Insurance Risk Rating System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it was deferring implementation of its new flood insurance risk rating program by one year until Oct. 1, 2021.

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