House Report Illustrates Need to Rescind WOTUS Rule

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on October 27, 2016 1 Comment

StormwaterA new report released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the waters of the U.S. rulemaking process reaffirms what NAHB has been saying for years: The rule is motivated by political considerations, it is not based on sound science and it bypassed the necessary public outreach required under the Administrative Procedures Act.

“The report is in line with a Senate study released last month and provides further evidence why Congress must take swift action to overturn the final rule put forth by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that redefines ‘waters of the U.S.’ under the Clean Water Act,” NAHB Chairman Ed Brady said in an official statement.

NAHB has long held that the new definitions finalized by the EPA add unnecessary confusion and cost to home building and other activities in property regulated by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers without a corresponding environmental benefit.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit enacted a temporary nationwide stay last year because it is deeply flawed and provides no clarity or certainty regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

NAHB continues to lead the charge to call on Congress to put a stop to this needless federal overreach by quickly passing legislation to rescind this water rule.

For more information, contact NAHB Federal Legislative Director Courtney Briggs at 800-368-5242 x8459.

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