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30Jul, 2015

Corps’ Memos Put EPA in Hot Water over Clean Water Rules

National Association of Home Builders
Urgent: Corps’ Memos Put EPA
in Hot Water over Clean Water Rules 
Date:  July 30, 2015

From: Tom Woods, 2015 NAHB Chairman of the Board

To:      NAHB Members NAHB State and Local EOs

This week, we learned that before the Environmental Protection Agency released its final version of the waters of the United States rule, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told EPA it was using flawed technical and scientific analysis to craft the regulation – methods so indefensible that the Corps wanted no part of the critical documents that EPA used to support the rule.

This new information is yet another example of how EPA has flaunted the law in completing this rulemaking.

On behalf of our members, and on behalf of the new home buyers being squeezed out of their chance at the American Dream as they suffer the fallout of this regulatory overload, I think this is scandalous. And I said just that in a press release and blog post.

I want you to know that NAHB is calling on EPA to immediately drop its plans to change the way the Clean Water Act is enforced and how “waters of the United States” are defined.

Many of the scientific and economic justifications to support the broad regulatory definitions in this rule – already a new low in federal regulatory overreach – have turned out to not be worth the paper they’re printed on. They fly in the face of the Corps’ recommendations, and as you know, the Corps is in charge of jurisdictional decisions and issuing the permits that allow homes to be built.

By ignoring stakeholders and willingly choosing which regulations to follow, EPA has not only made a mockery of the regulatory process, but it’s impeding our nation’s housing recovery and economic growth with this land grab.

Please be assured that we don’t plan to turn down the heat on this latest public affront. NAHB will continue to work to make a difference for your business and for housing affordability, and I thank you for your support.

Tom Woods 

NAHB: 1201 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005-2800 USA

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29Jul, 2015

Florida HomeBuilder Magazine – Summer 2015 Edition

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In this edition…

SEBC Builder Marketplace

The 2015 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) Builder Marketplace features advertising and specials from exhibitors and sponsors of the show…read more

The Tide is Rising (But Challenges Remain)According to a recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, the national homeownership rates has fallen back to 1993 levels…read more
Bill Smock: Beyond the DuesFHBA member Bill Smock – a staunch advocate of association membership – shares his path to involement and how ti changed his business, and his life, for the better…read more
More about the FHBA…

Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Florida’s local/regional home builder associations, the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) enjoys a legacy of success. At its core, FHBA is about advocacy and its legislative, legal and political initiatives have worked together to create the best possible economic and regulatory environment for our members to succeed. In addition to advocacy, FHBA provides members with timely news and information, high-quality education and a wide array of competitively priced products and services.

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