Worries Rise About the Impact of the Revised WOTUS Rule on the Home Building Industry
In response to the amended final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) raised concerns about its potential impact on housing affordability and regulatory clarity.
This revised WOTUS rule, which the NAHB suggests emerged without public input from stakeholders, has raised alarms within the housing industry. The rule comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Sackett v. EPA case, which clarified that federal authority extends only to relatively permanent waterbodies. However, according to the NAHB, the Biden administration did not define what constitutes a "relatively permanent" waterbody, leaving room for ambiguity.