NAA/NMHC Support Mayors Resolution to Limit Expanded Water Regulation
NAA/NMHC are supporting a resolution that addresses concerns the industry has regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to expand the scope of waters subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The resolution will be offered at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) meeting June 20-23 in Dallas, Texas.
The proposed rule would define “waters of the U.S.” in a way that could significantly increase the cost and regulatory requirements for local governments and ultimately the costs for local residents and businesses. The proposal would revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and significantly expand federal control of land and water resources, triggering substantial additional permitting and regulatory requirements.
The USCM resolution has been offered by Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, Ariz. It asks EPA to suspend consideration of the rule until local governments have had time to assess its full economic impact, and seeks clarification that the definition of WOTUS does not include certain green landscaping features as well as municipal separate storm water systems.
NAA/NMHC are asking affiliates whose mayors are attending the USCM’s Annual Meeting to contact their local mayor and ask him or her to vote YES on the resolution during the meeting, and/or sign on as a co-sponsor prior to the meeting.
Please contact Nicole Upano at 703-797-0646 for more information.
National Apartment Association, National Multifamily Housing Council