Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., today issued the following statement in support of the Trump administration’s announcement that clarifies over which waters states can assume Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting authority rather than the federal government:
“NAHB commends this latest action by the Trump administration to enact common-sense solutions to reduce regulatory burdens for small businesses. The Army Corps of Engineers’ recent memorandum will help to promote the federal/state partnership envisioned by the Clean Water Act, reduce duplicative administrative burdens and create a more streamlined authorization process for builders and developers whose projects occur near wetlands. In turn, this will boost housing affordability while also protecting our nation’s wetlands and waterways.
“We are hopeful that by providing this clarity, more states will take steps to assume Section 404 permitting authority.”