Citing the need to halt excessive regulation and keep housing more affordable, the National Association of Home Builders has filed a brief of amicus curiae on behalf of the petitioners in two wetlands cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: John A. Rapanos, et al. vs. the United States and June Carabell, et al. vs. the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The issue in both cases concerns whether and when a non-navigable and even man-made feature, such as a ditch or storm sewer system, can be considered a "navigable water" under the Clean Water Act and thus be subject to federal permitting requirements. "Complying with those requirements can add thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home without offering the environmental benefits the Act was designed to promote," said NAHB President Dave Wilson, a custom home builder from Ketchum, Idaho. "It's a waste of taxpayer resources to treat a ditch for rainwater with the same scrutiny as we would the Snake River." When it created the Cle...
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