Environmental

Lead-based Paint Not a Focus of New EPA Compliance Initiatives

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 20, 2019 1 Comment
Lead-based Paint Not a Focus of New EPA Compliance Initiatives

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new national compliance initiatives that focus on six priority areas, which do not include lead exposure. Based on recommendations from NAHB, rather than develop a new enforcement initiative, the EPA will instead focus on implementing the Federal Lead Action Plan.

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House Panel Approves Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization

Filed in Capitol Hill, Environmental by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
House Panel Approves Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization

The House Financial Services Committee voted today to advance NAHB-supported bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for five years through Sept. 30, 2024.

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New Stormwater Construction General Permit Addresses NAHB’s Concerns

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on June 4, 2019 3 Comments
New Stormwater Construction General Permit Addresses NAHB’s Concerns

In a big win for builders, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 28 modified its stormwater construction general permit (CGP) to address several of NAHB’s concerns.

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Court Sends WOTUS Rule Back to the EPA

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on May 29, 2019 1 Comment
Court Sends WOTUS Rule Back to the EPA

In a victory for NAHB and home builders across the nation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas declared that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Administrative Procedure Act when drafting the Obama-era “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule in 2015.

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New EPA Guidance Says Groundwater Discharges Do Not Require Permits

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on May 7, 2019 5 Comments
New EPA Guidance Says Groundwater Discharges Do Not Require Permits

EPA’s guidance states that discharges to groundwater are not covered by the Clean Water Act and do not require a permit, which is consistent with NAHB’s comments submitted to the Agency last spring.

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NAHB Supports Proposed WOTUS Rule, Seeks Key Clarifications

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on April 16, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Supports Proposed WOTUS Rule, Seeks Key Clarifications

NAHB submitted comments on April 15 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in response to the Trump administration’s proposed definition of “waters of the United States.”

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Last Chance to Weigh in on WOTUS – Comments Due April 15

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on April 10, 2019 3 Comments
Last Chance to Weigh in on WOTUS – Comments Due April 15

NAHB is urging members and HBAs to voice support for the proposed new definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) by submitting a comment letter to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers by next Monday, April 15.

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NAHB Members Continue to Support Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on April 5, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Members Continue to Support Proposed WOTUS Rule

NAHB members voiced their support for the Trump administration’s proposed definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) during roundtables hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy in Denver on March 27 and Tampa on April 4.

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Comment Letters Needed on New WOTUS Definition

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 28, 2019 1 Comment
Comment Letters Needed on New WOTUS Definition

The Trump administration’s proposed new definition for “water of the United States” will resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, representing an important victory for our members. NAHB is urging members and HBAs to voice your support for the proposed definition by submitting a comment letter to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers by April 15.

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Smart Home Technology Works for Water Leaks, Too

Smart Home Technology Works for Water Leaks, Too

Many sources can contribute to water damage, including water heater failure, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under the sink, a clogged toilet or even a split hose connected to a washing machine. So how can home owners prevent these types of incidents from occurring? Smart home technology can help.

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