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HOME BUILDERS FILE SUIT IN RESPONSE TO WHITE HOUSE WETLANDS POLICY

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 25. /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Home Builders issued the following:
 A portion of the wetlands policy announced by the White House today, known as the Tulloch rule, will have severe ramifications for the nation's home builders.
 For that reason, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Mining Congress, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the National Aggregates Association filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers contending that they are illegally expanding their regulatory activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
 A cornerstone of today's wetlands announcement is known as the Tulloch rule, which greatly expands the number of land development activities regulated under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Previously, only activities requiring the placement of fill in the waters of the United States, including wetlands, required permit authority. Under the Tulloch rule, the corps will regulate all mechanized land clearing, ditching, channelization or other excavation.
 In response to today's announcement, J. Roger Glunt, president of NAHB and a home builder from Pittsburgh, made the following statement:
 "The Tulloch rule is a serious setback to efforts to streamline the development and building process and to reduce housing costs for young, first-time home buyers.
 "We believe the Corps has acted without the necessary authority from Congress in claiming this new authority. This is a huge issue for builders. It will dramatically expand the number of permits required and further delay the already overburdened permit process. It will drive up the costs of subdividing land and providing finished lots (raw land plus infrastructure improvements such as water and sewer lines).
 "What this will do is subject an unknown number of builders to a regulatory process known for its inefficiency, confusion and delay, a process that can already take as long as 18 months to complete.
 "We are particularly concerned with the timing of this action, when the Congress was ready to entertain the first-ever Congressional debate on a comprehensive wetlands regulatory program. Some of these expanded activities would be regulated under H.R. 1330, which NAHB supports. However, because H.R. 1330 is a comprehensive solution to the wetlands problem, it also would balance the expansion with measures aimed at streamlining and promoting efficiency. We believe the wetlands legislation sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Hayes (D-La.) would regulate many of the activities in question.
 "Of all the components of the plan announced today, only a single component, the one that will further complicate the permitting process and put more of a burden on builders, will go into effect immediately. The other elements, many of which we support in principle, and which would streamline the regulatory process, are just promises with no guarantee that they would ever be implemented."
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia Adcock of the National Association of Home Builders, 202-822-0450/


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