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09/12/2019

Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on Repeal of Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 - Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency rescinded the 2015 waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule:

"NAHB commends the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule that vastly expanded federal overreach over water and land use by regulating man-made ditches and isolated ponds on private property. By repealing the 2015 rule, the EPA and Corps have finally provided consistency among all 50 states, which will make the federal permitting process more predictable and affordable. Now, the agencies need to finalize a new definition that restores common sense to the regulatory process by respecting states' rights and balancing economic and environmental concerns."  

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ABOUT NAHB: 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.

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