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Supreme Court to Rule on Wetland Determination

Supreme Court to Rule on Wetland Determination

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in Hawkes Co. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning whether an approved “jurisdictional determination” (J.D.) made under the Clean Water Act is a “final agency action” and able to be challenged in court. The Corps has long argued that a J.D. is not final agency action because it does not alter a landowner’s legal rights and obligations. But a J.D. explains which parts of their property are considered “waters of the U.S.” and require a Corps permit before it can be developed by the property owner.

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Supreme Court to Hear CWA Case

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment, Legal by on December 15, 2015 2 Comments

NAHB’s two-decade battle to right a federal regulation that can unnecessarily cost a home builder thousands of dollars is finally going to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Friday, the Court agreed to hear Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, which concerns whether a jurisdictional determination made under the Clean Water Act is a “final agency action” under the Administrative Procedure Act, and thus subject to the federal permitting process before any development can take place.

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GAO Slams EPA Social Media Lobbying Efforts

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on December 14, 2015 1 Comment

NAHB Chairman Tom Woods today issued the following statement on the ruling by the Government Accountability Office that found the Obama administration broke the law when it used social media to urge the general public to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule defining “waters of the United States.”

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Senate Vote Another Hit to WOTUS Rule

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Environment by on November 5, 2015 1 Comment
Senate Vote Another Hit to WOTUS Rule

While the Senate failed to secure the 60 votes needed to proceed to consideration of S. 1140, legislation that would have overturned EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rulemaking, it’s not all bad news. And more importantly, it exemplifies the strength of the NAHB Federation.

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NAHB Chairman Issues Statement on Wetlands Vote

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on November 3, 2015 0 Comments

NAHB Chairman Tom Woods has issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s vote not to invoke cloture of S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. “We are disappointed with those senators who chose politics over sound public policy. Regardless, we will continue to fight to overturn this ill-defined and erroneous rule that infringes […]

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Do Your Part to Stop EPA Water Rule

Do Your Part to Stop EPA Water Rule

It’s crunch time for an Environmental Protection Agency rule that dramatically expands the definition of “wetlands” under the Clean Water Act. And that means it’s time for you to make the call. The Senate will vote on Nov.  3 on a bill that requires EPA to withdraw its rule that radically expands federal jurisdiction for areas required to obtain […]

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Corps Sheds Light on Plant List

Corps Sheds Light on Plant List

In response to NAHB members’ repeated requests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published the National Wetland Plant List in the Federal Register on Sept. 14 for notice and comment.

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28 Reasons (and Counting) Why EPA Water Rule Should be Rescinded

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment, Legal by on July 17, 2015 1 Comment
28 Reasons (and Counting) Why EPA Water Rule Should be Rescinded

Since the end of June, 28 state attorneys general have filed lawsuits seeking to overturn a federal rule that defines the “waters of the United States” and the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act.

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NAHB to EPA: See You in Court

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Legal by on July 2, 2015 4 Comments
NAHB to EPA: See You in Court

NAHB and other farm and business organizations today filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federal rule that defines the “waters of the United States” and the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act.

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Urge Your Senators to Support Bill That Will Overturn Onerous EPA Water Rule

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards by on June 24, 2015 1 Comment
Urge Your Senators to Support Bill That Will Overturn Onerous EPA Water Rule

With the Senate out of session until July 7, NAHB members are encouraged to meet with their senators in their home districts this week and urge them to support S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.

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