Environment

EPA Seeks to Revise Definition of Waters of the U.S.

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on June 10, 2021 8 Comments
EPA Seeks to Revise Definition of Waters of the U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army have announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). EPA Administrator Michael Regan says that the Navigable Waters Protection Rule enacted during the Trump administration to define WOTUS “is leading to significant environmental degradation.”

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EPA Proposes 2022 Construction General Permit

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on May 26, 2021 0 Comments
EPA Proposes 2022 Construction General Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 12 published the proposed 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP) in the Federal Register. The current 2017 CGP permit is in effect until Feb. 16, 2022, when the final 2022 CGP will become effective for five years.

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Biden Signs Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Change that Affects Housing

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability by on May 21, 2021 5 Comments
Biden Signs Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Change that Affects Housing

President Joe Biden yesterday signed a sweeping executive order on climate change, entitled “Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk,” that the White House says “will help the American people better understand how climate change can impact their financial security.”

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New Indiana Wetlands Law Allows Builders to Benefit from Federal Water Rule

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on May 14, 2021 0 Comments
New Indiana Wetlands Law Allows Builders to Benefit from Federal Water Rule

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a state wetlands bill into law last month, marking a big victory for the Indiana Builders Association (IBA) and members across the state.

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FEMA’s Risk Rating 2.0 Framework Will Alter Flood Insurance Rates

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability by on April 1, 2021 5 Comments
FEMA’s Risk Rating 2.0 Framework Will Alter Flood Insurance Rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released new details outlining the implementation of Risk Rating 2.0, an initiative to transform the National Flood Insurance Program program to make it more consumer friendly and better reflect the actual risks properties face.

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How Much Does Whole-Home Electrification Cost?

How Much Does Whole-Home Electrification Cost?

Electrification is a strategy for decarbonizing the economy by drawing down the use of fossil fuels in transportation, buildings, and electricity generation. But how much does it cost to fully electrify a home?

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Court Ruling Means Navigable Waters Protection Rule Now in Effect in Colorado

Filed in Environment, Legal by on March 4, 2021 0 Comments
Court Ruling Means Navigable Waters Protection Rule Now in Effect in Colorado

On March 2, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a preliminary injunction on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) issued by the Colorado District Court. The ruling means that all states are now regulated by the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) — at least until the Biden administration develops a new rule or an amendment.

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Biden Issues Two Executive Orders to Rescind Trump-Era Environmental Regulations

Filed in Environment by on January 26, 2021 0 Comments
Biden Issues Two Executive Orders to Rescind Trump-Era Environmental Regulations

Immediately after taking office, President Biden signed two executive orders that signaled his intention to take a comprehensive review of all the Trump administration’s deregulatory actions concerning climate change, energy efficiency and the environment. 

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Biden Executive Orders Address Climate Change

Filed in Environment by on January 25, 2021 1 Comment
Biden Executive Orders Address Climate Change

President Biden signed a series of executive actions last week, including two issues related to climate change policy. NAHB will continue to monitor developments in the implementation of these actions and how they could impact the housing industry.

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Two ‘Final’ Environmental Rules That are Not Yet Final

Filed in Environment, Land Development by on January 22, 2021 0 Comments
Two ‘Final’ Environmental Rules That are Not Yet Final

On Jan. 20, the Biden administration implemented a regulatory freeze for all pending regulations. Two “final” environmental rules affecting the housing industry were swept up in this presidential action.

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