Environmental

Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 12, 2019 0 Comments
Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

In a victory for NAHB, the Trump administration today released final rules updating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation requirements and new regulations governing the designation of critical habitat that will improve the overall efficiency of the ESA’s permitting process and make compliance less onerous for home builders and developers.

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New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 18, 2019 0 Comments
New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has initiated a long-term effort to transform the program to make it more consumer friendly and better reflect the actual risks properties face.

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Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on July 11, 2019 0 Comments
Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate a critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog on their land.

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EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday, June 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its repeal of an Obama administration greenhouse gas rule for power plants and adopted a new regulation in its place. The new rule will not adversely involve the housing industry.

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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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House Panel Approves Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization

Filed in Capitol Hill, Environmental by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
House Panel Approves Long-Term Flood Insurance Reauthorization

The House Financial Services Committee voted today to advance NAHB-supported bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for five years through Sept. 30, 2024.

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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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Court Sends WOTUS Rule Back to the EPA

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on May 29, 2019 1 Comment
Court Sends WOTUS Rule Back to the EPA

In a victory for NAHB and home builders across the nation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas declared that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Administrative Procedure Act when drafting the Obama-era “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule in 2015.

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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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