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NAHB Asks for Halt to EPA’s New Permit

 
Posted on January 30, 2017 by Mike Means

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Stop signDespite a Jan. 20 White House Memorandum from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus directing federal agencies to withdraw or postpone recently finalized regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not withdrawn the Jan. 19 Construction General Permit (CGP) for review.

That’s unfortunate – and troubling – to NAHB builders and developers worried about the permit’s controversial new language that considers all builders on a shared site “jointly and severely liable” for compliance with permit terms, including violations of “shared” treatment ponds and other features.

On Friday, NAHB sent a letter to EPA and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) arguing that the 2017 permit–though much improved – is just the type of regulation that should be reviewed by the incoming administration. However, it needs a quick fix, as the permit is set to go into effect Feb. 16, less than one month ... read the article at the NAHB website

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