02/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2018 15:45
[Attachment] NAHB joined a broad coalition of farmers, miners and foresters Feb. 7 to ask the U.S. District Court in Texas to issue a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing or implementing the 2015 WOTUS rule, which defines the extent of the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.
The rule has been stayed since October 2015 when the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide injunction that kept the EPA from enforcing the rule and allowed the 1986 definition to remain in effect. Then in September 2015, the District Court in North Dakota enjoined the rule from taking effect in 13 states.
Both courts ruled that allowing it to come into force and effect would cause irreparable injury to regulated entities, including home builders.
After the Supreme Court's January decision holding that only the district courts have jurisdiction to hear challenges to the rule, NAHB and its coalition partners believed it was imperative to obtain a nationwide injunction.
The coalition motions explains that the WOTUS rule is likely unlawful for three reasons.
'Plaintiffs and their members must be able to plan their operations often years in advance of beginning projects and putting employees to work,' the motion says. 'Such planning requires, first and foremost, stable and predictable legal rules-and that much-needed stability and predictability will undeniably be absent if the definition of 'waters of the United States' is constantly changing with every court decision on every challenge to every intervening rulemaking. It is no exaggeration to say that billions of dollars and many thousands of jobs hang in the balance.'
For additional information, contact Tom Ward at 800-368-5242 x8230