Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., issued the following statement on new findings released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the waters of the U.S. rulemaking process:
“This report is in line with a Senate study released last month and provides further evidence why Congress must take swift action to overturn the final rule put forth by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that redefines ‘waters of the U.S.’ under the Clean Water Act. The House report reaffirms what NAHB has been saying for years – that the rule is motivated by political considerations, it is not based on sound science and it bypassed the necessary public outreach required under the Administrative Procedures Act.
“Moreover, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has already issued a temporary nationwide stay of the water regulation because it is deeply flawed and provides no clarity or certainty regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction.
“This uncertainty is exacerbating an already huge federal permit backlog, making it much more difficult and costly for home builders to provide safe and affordable housing. Congress must make it a priority to a put a stop to this needless federal overreach by quickly passing legislation to rescind this water rule.”