Tag: Clean Water Act

Navigable Waters Protection Rule a Win for Housing Affordability, Regulatory Certainty

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability by on September 16, 2020 0 Comments
Navigable Waters Protection Rule a Win for Housing Affordability, Regulatory Certainty

NAHB today told Congress that the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) that went into effect in June will help builders create more affordable housing options for hardworking American families while maintaining environmental protection of our nation’s waterways.

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Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Filed in Environment, Legal, Membership by on April 27, 2020 0 Comments
Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

In a victory for NAHB and home builders, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3 rendered a 6-3 decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The case concerns whether pollutants that enter groundwater — and then reach navigable waters — are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

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New EPA Guidance Says Groundwater Discharges Do Not Require Permits

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment 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 Members Continue to Support Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment 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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OMB’s Latest ‘Unified Agenda’ Continues Focus on Deregulation

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment 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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NAHB Recommends WOTUS Definition to OMB

Filed in Environment by on September 14, 2018 2 Comments
NAHB Recommends WOTUS Definition to OMB

HBA of Delaware President Jim McCulley and NAHB environmentalists met this week with the White House Office of Management and Budget staff to discuss how to define “waters of the United States” in advance of the Trump administration’s proposed rule.

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NAHB Lauds Corps’ Section 404 Permitting Authority Memo

NAHB Lauds Corps’ Section 404 Permitting Authority Memo

NAHB Chairman Randy Noel today thanked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beginning the process of allowing states to assume Section 404 permitting authority under the Clean Water Act.

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EPA Seeks New Limits on Its Own Authority

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on July 6, 2018 0 Comments
EPA Seeks New Limits on Its Own Authority

In a memo to the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, Administrator Scott Pruitt said he wants to limit and also clarify what authority EPA has to object during the normal Clean Water Act Section 404 permit review process that the agency conducts in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers.

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EPA Mulls Expanding Stormwater Permits to Groundwater Discharges

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on June 26, 2018 1 Comment
EPA Mulls Expanding Stormwater Permits to Groundwater Discharges

NAHB is fighting back against an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that could regulate some discharges to groundwater and subject thousands of septic systems and green infrastructure practices to the federal permitting process.

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Regulatory Horror Story Highlights Need to Reform Permitting Process

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards by on March 15, 2018 1 Comment
Regulatory Horror Story Highlights Need to Reform Permitting Process

Illustrating how the federal regulatory system has run amok and the need for Congress to pass legislation to fix a broken permitting process, a development firm today shared its three-decade-long nightmare of failed attempts to obtain a Clean Water Act permit.

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