WASHINGTON, D.C. - Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) on the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 5078, the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”:
“We applaud the House for passing bipartisan legislation blocking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ deeply flawed proposed rule that would expand the scope of waters subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act. The bill would require EPA to consult with state and local regulators to fine-tune a regulation to protect waters that are identified as needing more federal protection.
As written, EPA’s proposed rule would result in federal regulation of virtually all waters, including man-made ponds and ditches - ultimately, creating significant financial burdens for small businesses across the nation without necessarily any improved water quality.
“In developing its revised scope of the Clean Water Act, EPA failed to follow certain regulatory requirements, did not conduct a sufficiently rigorous peer-reviewed scientific inquiry and relied on a flawed economic analysis.
“We encourage the EPA to return to the proposed rulemaking in order to correct these significant errors. This would help ensure that the apartment industry can continue to meet the demands of our 37.5 million residents and the millions more who will call an apartment home.”
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