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EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on September 12, 2019 6 Comments
EPA Repeals Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In a positive development to resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, the Environmental Protection Agency today rescinded the Obama-era waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB’s Senior Officers met with Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss NAHB’s continued collaboration with the agency on key issues involving the home building industry.

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No Alterations to Lead-Based Paint Rule with Final EPA Dust-Lead Standards

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Remodelers by on July 12, 2019 0 Comments
No Alterations to Lead-Based Paint Rule with Final EPA Dust-Lead Standards

On July 9, EPA issued a final rule to revise the current dust-lead hazard standards for floors and window sills. This revision does not make any changes to the EPA lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting (RRP) rule. The dust-lead hazard standards are used when lead-based paint risk assessments or abatement are performed.

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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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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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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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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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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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