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NAHB Actively Engaged in WOTUS Rulemaking, Calls for More Transparency

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on January 13, 2022 0 Comments
NAHB Actively Engaged in WOTUS Rulemaking, Calls for More Transparency

The Biden administration’s process for withdrawing the Trump administration’s “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act and replace it with a another WOTUS definition has broad ramifications affecting land developers, home builders and countless other small businesses.

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SBA to Host Roundtable Discussion with EPA, Corps on WOTUS Changes

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on January 4, 2022 1 Comment
SBA to Host Roundtable Discussion with EPA, Corps on WOTUS Changes

The SBA is hosting a virtual roundtable meeting with staff from the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the Biden administration’s proposed rule to withdraw the Trump administration’s “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition.

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Working in Tandem with NAHB, Lawmakers Send a Strong Message to Commerce Secretary on Lumber Duties

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Material Costs by on December 22, 2021 8 Comments
Working in Tandem with NAHB, Lawmakers Send a Strong Message to Commerce Secretary on Lumber Duties

At the behest of NAHB, 84 members of Congress this week sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo expressing urgent concern regarding the Commerce Department’s recent decision to double tariffs on softwood lumber products from Canada and calling on the United States to resume talks with Canada to negotiate a new softwood lumber trade agreement.

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Federal Register Publishes Proposed WOTUS Rule

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Resiliency by on December 7, 2021 0 Comments
Federal Register Publishes Proposed WOTUS Rule

The Federal Register today published a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) as finalized during the Trump administration.

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Corps of Engineers Suspends Issuance of All New Federal Nationwide Wetlands Permits

Filed in Environment, Land Development by on November 9, 2021 0 Comments
Corps of Engineers Suspends Issuance of All New Federal Nationwide Wetlands Permits

For the second time in just 60 days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has suspended the issuance of any new Section 404 nationwide wetlands permits (NWPs) as a result of a court ruling on Oct. 21 by the Northern District of California vacating the Trump administration’s changes to the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification Rule. However, builders and developers can still use existing NWP permits.

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Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Report on Climate-Related Financial Risk

Filed in Environment, Resiliency by on October 22, 2021 1 Comment
Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Report on Climate-Related Financial Risk

The report includes more than 30 specific recommendations to U.S. financial regulators, and lays out necessary actions to identify and address climate-related risks to the U.S. financial system, which include warming temperatures, rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires, intensifying storms and other climate-related events that are already imposing significant costs on the public and U.S. economy.

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Your Chance to Engage in the WOTUS Rulemaking

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Membership by on October 19, 2021 2 Comments
Your Chance to Engage in the WOTUS Rulemaking

Individual builders and state and local home builders associations interested in participating in 10 regional roundtables hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that focus on future changes to the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule should contact NAHB by Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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What Does the Recent WOTUS Rule Change Mean for Your Projects?

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on September 23, 2021 6 Comments
What Does the Recent WOTUS Rule Change Mean for Your Projects?

To help builders and developers understand how to move forward with ongoing or planned projects, NAHB developed FAQs to provide interim (unofficial) guidance based upon the Clean Water Act statute, existing regulatory guidance documents, and past practices by the agencies.

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EPA Declares Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule Now in Effect

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on September 3, 2021 6 Comments
EPA Declares Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule Now in Effect

Following the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s ruling on Monday to remand and vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which defines the “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS),” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that “the agencies have halted implementation of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and are interpreting ‘waters of the United States’ consistent with the pre-2015 regulatory regime until further notice.”

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With WOTUS Under Attack, NAHB Members Voice Support for 2020 Rule

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment, Membership by on September 2, 2021 0 Comments
With WOTUS Under Attack, NAHB Members Voice Support for 2020 Rule

A federal court ruling this week on the “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)” rule comes after the Biden administration announced its intent to change the regulatory definition of WOTUS in June. In response, NAHB members and HBA staff spoke out in support of the current WOTUS rule.

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