NAHB sues EPA over Chesapeake clean-up plan

NAHB is suing the EPA over the agency's strategy to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, alleging that the strategy will make it harder for builders to obtain permits for residential and light commercial development in that area.

July 02, 2011
EPA, NAHB, chesapeake bay, building permits

The National Association of Home Builders is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s strategy to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Washington Post. NAHB is alleging that the strategy will make it harder to obtain permits for residential and light commercial development in that area.

The group claims in a lawsuit filed Friday in Scranton, Pa., that the EPA is circumventing the federal Clean Water Act by setting limits for how much pollution can come from farms, factories, lawns and other sources in each of the six bay watershed states.

The suit by the homebuilders group also claims the public did not receive adequate time or access to information on the strategy to comment effectively. The group wants the court to rule that the pollutant allocations in the strategy are not legally enforceable and block its enforcement.

The association said it represents more than 160,000 members in home building, remodeling, multifamily housing construction, property management, subcontracting, design, finance, manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. About 16,000 are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which covers Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia.

For more information: www.washingtonpost.com/local/home-builders-group-sues-epa-says-chesapeak...

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