Tag: ESA

Federal Fines to Jump Aug. 1

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on July 25, 2016 8 Comments
Federal Fines to Jump Aug. 1

It always pays to follow the law. But after Aug. 1, it’s going to be even more expensive not to: That’s when federal agencies will begin increasing fines for non-compliance in a big way.

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Governors Call for Endangered Species Act Reform

Governors Call for Endangered Species Act Reform

Several lawmakers agree: Regulatory prohibitions and permitting restrictions in the ESA impede the ability of states to accommodate population growth and provide critical infrastructure.

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Feds Loosen Building Restrictions Near Threatened Bats

Feds Loosen Building Restrictions Near Threatened Bats

Common sense claimed a victory this week when the National Fish and Wildlife Service determined that it’s “not prudent” to designate any “critical habitat” within the 32-state range of the endangered northern long-eared bat. The decision brings an end to the latest chapter of the fight to save the bat, which has been decimated by reasons having nothing to do with land development and everything to do with the spread of disease in their typical nesting and breeding grounds.

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OMB Releases Stricter ‘Critical Habitat’ Final Rules

The White House Office of Management and Budget released a final Endangered Species Act rulemaking on Friday that could make it more difficult for developers and builders to obtain federal wetland permits.

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Regulations Eased for Threatened Bat

Regulations Eased for Threatened Bat

There is some good news for members whose development plans were in danger of being derailed by new regulations regarding the Northern Long-Eared Bat. The Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule that eases some restrictions.

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NAHB Swoops in When Corps Goes Batty

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 4, 2015 1 Comment
NAHB Swoops in When Corps Goes Batty

Home builders in Maryland almost saw their projects grind to a halt earlier this summer after federal regulators took a recent decision regarding the Northern Long-Eared Bat just a little too far. Fortunately, the NAHB Federation was able to fly to the rescue.

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Teleconference Set on ‘Threatened’ Bat Listing

Teleconference Set on ‘Threatened’ Bat Listing

The Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a teleconference today to offer more details and answer questions about its plans to list the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Bat Fungus Threatens Home Building, Too

Bat Fungus Threatens Home Building, Too

A fungal infection threatening the population of Northern Long Eared Bats may threaten residential development in the 37 Northern and Central states the bats call home.

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New Floodplain Rules Would Limit Construction

New Floodplain Rules Would Limit Construction

NAHB is digging into a new Executive Order that could have a significant impact on how and where our members develop, build and remodel homes and communities near coasts and rivers.

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Voluntary Conservation Proposal Not Likely to Work, NAHB Says

Voluntary Conservation Proposal Not Likely to Work, NAHB Says

Developers interested in a proposed policy in which landowners would take measures to protect species on their properties that may eventually be listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act have until Dec. 14 to submit comments the Fish and Wildlife Service. Here’s a hint: The proposal needs some big fixes.

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