Last week our HBADE President Jim McCulley appeared before the EPA in Washington D.C. and testified along with our National Association of Home Builders. Although there were other groups present at this meeting, only two representatives from NAHB were permitted to attend – the NAHB staffer and Jim.
The topic of discussion was Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The current administration issued Executive Order to rescind the previous Administration proposed rules and to solicit comments a write a new rule that would be more balanced and reflecting the intent of the Congress and Supreme Court. As such, EPA and ACOE are holding a series of listening sessions and asking for comments from different sectors. As Jim is one of a handful of Professional Wetlands Scientists, he is eminently qualified to present fair, balanced comments that protect our waters while not unreasonably stifling or regulating land development and home building
Additionally, NAHB has been asked to propose a framework for the new rule for consideration and Jim is assisting NAHB Staff with that