Environmental

EPA Bans Consumer Use of Dangerous Paint Removal Chemical

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 20, 2019 0 Comments
EPA Bans Consumer Use of Dangerous Paint Removal Chemical

EPA finalized a rule last week to ban the manufacture or sale of paint strippers containing the toxic chemical methylene chloride to consumers.  The Agency also signaled its intention to develop federal regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act to limit the use of methylene chloride paint strippers for commercial applications.

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HBA Members Commend Trump Administration for Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 28, 2019 1 Comment
HBA Members Commend Trump Administration for Proposed WOTUS Rule

Members of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Kansas City and HBA of Greater Baton Rouge thanked the Trump administration for its recent proposal to revise the Waters of the United States definition during two public meetings this week in Kansas City, Mo.

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A Step Forward for Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 14, 2019 0 Comments
A Step Forward for Proposed WOTUS Rule

The Federal Register today published a proposed new rule for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that will resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take comments on the proposal for the next 60 days.

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Northern Virginia Builder Embraces the Value of NGBS

Craig Havenner recognizes the benefits of building to the National Green Building Standard. As president of Christopher Companies in Northern Virginia, Havenner has built more than 450 units to the NGBS, and two more of his properties under development are on their way to meeting the standard.

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Trump Administration Announces New Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on December 11, 2018 5 Comments
Trump Administration Announces New Proposed WOTUS Rule

The Trump administration today released its proposed new definition of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule that will reduce years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. This represents an important victory for our members.

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NAHB Joins EPA Forum on Regulatory Issues Impacting Small Businesses

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 9, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Joins EPA Forum on Regulatory Issues Impacting Small Businesses

On behalf of NAHB membership, Bill Sanderson, a developer from Cleveland, Ohio, participated this week in a forum of small businesses at the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss environmental regulatory and permitting issues impacting small businesses.

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OMB’s Latest ‘Unified Agenda’ Continues Focus on Deregulation

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on October 31, 2018 1 Comment
OMB’s Latest ‘Unified Agenda’ Continues Focus on Deregulation

The Office of Management and Budget recently released its Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

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WOTUS Confusion Abounds but More Clarity Could Come Soon

Filed in Environmental by on October 18, 2018 0 Comments
WOTUS Confusion Abounds but More Clarity Could Come Soon

Multiple legal challenges, combined with federal rulemakings in various stages, are complicating efforts to track the federal Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition.

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NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

Today marks the third annual Energy Efficiency Day, a celebration in which a burgeoning network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. For NAHB green builders, it is a great way to celebrate the growing popularity of energy-efficient home construction.

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Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on October 3, 2018 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

The U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term Oct. 1 by hearing oral argument in Weyerhaeuser v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which involves a clash between two NAHB members and the dusky gopher frog. NAHB has been involved in the case from the start, most recently weighing in with an amicus brief on the merits of the case.

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