Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Help Your Home Builders Association Defeat the EPA

Over the August congressional recess, please contact your members of Congress and urge them to call for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final "waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule. Recently unveiled documents expose how the EPA dismissed legal and regulatory objections to the rule by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and shed light on an EPA that is acting with little regard for the impact of the rule on home builders and home owners. Now, more than ever, we need your help in forcing the EPA to withdraw this flawed rule.

As we reported to you last week, the EPA has not been an honest broker and has made a mockery of the regulatory process. The recently unveiled documents confirm the long-held belief that the EPA forcefully advanced this rule without the requisite input and oversight of its co-authoring agency, the Corps. This is particularly disturbing because the WOTUS rule has always been presented as a joint effort between the two agencies – not solely an EPA rule.

These internal Corps memos outline the specific areas of concern that the Corps has and how EPA ignored its recommendations and input. The documents state that the regulation was arbitrarily written, is legally indefensible and would be extremely difficult to implement. They also reveal that many aspects of the rule are not rooted in science and that EPA grossly misrepresented Corps' data. The Corps disagreed so strongly with the final rule that it worked to distance itself, requesting all references to the Corps be removed from the economic analysis and all supporting documents.

We need your help today!

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