Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a revised Waters of the U.S. rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
“We are encouraged that the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have taken an important step forward to redefine the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule by sending a proposed definition to the OMB for final review prior to proposing the rule in the Federal Register for public comment.
“NAHB looks forward to working with the Trump administration, industry stakeholders, states, and local governments to ensure the EPA and Corps proposal is consistent with Supreme Court precedents concerning the limits of federal jurisdiction over isolated wetlands and ephemeral streams as well as President Trump’s executive order on WOTUS.
“The nation’s home builders expect the forthcoming proposed WOTUS rule will protect our nation’s waterways and promote economic growth my minimizing federal regulatory burdens.”
The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 700 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.