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Builders Launch Grassroots Push in Support of Storm Water Bill

NAHB President David Pressly

With duplicative and burdensome storm water regulations pushing up the cost of housing by as much as $4,500 a lot, the nation's home builders have launched a grassroots effort to urge members of Congress to support H.R. 5558, the "Stormwater Enforcement and Permitting Act."

"H.R. 5558 would reduce the regulatory burden placed on home builders, simplify compliance and provide a more consistent and sensible regulatory approach that better protects America's rivers and streams," said NAHB President David Pressly.

Introduced on June 8 by Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and 16 bipartisan co-sponsors, the legislation would update and improve the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) storm water permit and enforcement policies, which can add $1,400 to $4,500 to the cost of every lot.

The bill, which now has 30 co-sponsors, takes into account the differences between residential construction and other types of construction.

"By taking a more balanced and reasonable approach to storm water management and enforcement, the measure would streamline the permit process, improve compliance and enhance environmental protection," said Pressly.

Courtesy of NAHB

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June 26, 2019, 11:55 am PDT

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