NAHB Members Tell Federal Regulators How to Define WOTUS

Jerry Passman WOTUSAs part of a series of outreach meetings held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, NAHB members Jim McCulley and Jerry Passman joined other small businesses this morning at EPA headquarters to tell federal regulators how to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and the limits of federal authority over developers and other private property owners under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

These sessions follow the Feb. 28 Presidential executive order on “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.” The order directs EPA and the Corps to review and rescind or revise the 2015 WOTUS rule that dramatically extended the areas in which home builders are required to get CWA permits and that blatantly usurped state and local regulatory authority.

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