08-26-21 | Legislation

NAHB Speaks Out Against EPA's Efforts to Redefine US Waters

Biden Administration and EPA Working to Revise NWPR

The Navigable Waters Protect Rule (NWPR) was put into place by the Trump Administration as the second of two parts to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" therefore clearly defining the scope in which the Clean Water Act will regulate the restoration and integrity of the nation's waters.

The Navigable Waters Protect Rule (NWPR) was signed into place in June 2020 to create a clear definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) which helped determine the scope of the Clean Water Act. However, a year later in June 2021, the Biden Administration announced their intentions through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redefine WOTUS by revising the NWPR. In response to these efforts, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced their support of NWPR as they spoke out against the EPA.


NAHB Chairman chuck Fowke explained the associations position in saying, "During the previous administration, we saw a sensible effort to come to the table and repeal confusing, inefficient, one-size-fits-all policies with a new regulation, the NWPR. The 2015 rule was far too expansive to be effective and was found in federal court to be in violation of the Clean Water Act. We should not return to something that doesn't work, especially because - aside from the clarity provided by the Trump administration's rule - none of the factors that led to the previous regulatory confusion under prior WOTUS definitions have changed."


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