If the Environmental Protection Agency gets its way, millions of additional acres of land could be regulated as wetlands under the Clean Water Act. H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Protection Act, would prevent this expansion of federal authority.
In a videotaped message to members, NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo., notes that the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732) would stop the land grab in its tracks.
As he points out, the EPA proposal would expand federal authority to include ditches, man-made canals and even puddles on low-lying land.
It also would require even more property owners to get government permits to use their own land. That’s a process that can take months, or even years, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The House is expected to vote this Friday on H.R. 1732, which would send EPA back to the drawing board to develop a new proposal. The legislation would require EPA to: