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