EPA Sends Controversial Water Regulations to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its controversial regulation to redefine the extent of its authority over U.S. water bodies for final review and approval. This proposed regulation would place more water bodies under federal jurisdiction, and result in more unintentional property rights violations, moreContinue reading “EPA Sends Controversial Water Regulations to White House”

Three Calls for Action

NAR is launching three Calls for Action (CFA) this week. The first is a regulatory Call for Action to the Environmental Protection Agency on the “Waters of the United States” rule.  The second is for commercial practitioners concerning the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) reauthorization. The third is an all-member CFA to the United States Senate andContinue reading “Three Calls for Action”

Submit Your Comment on Proposed Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) have issued a proposed rulemaking that redefines most water bodies as “waters of the U.S.”, which is a major change to the Clean Water Act.  If implemented, this proposed regulation would place more water bodies under the authority of the EPAContinue reading “Submit Your Comment on Proposed Water Regulations”

House Passes Bill to Rein in EPA

On September 9, 2014, the House voted 262-152 to pass HR 5078, the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Regulatory Overreach Protection Act by Reps. Steve Southerland (FL) and Nick Rahall (WV).  The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to redefine most water bodies as so-called “waters of the U.S.” where it may regulate land use on privateContinue reading “House Passes Bill to Rein in EPA”

Mortgage Cancellation Debt Relief Update

Congress failed to act before December 31st to extend the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act. NAR says now that it appears that Congress will most likely address individual tax provisions retroactively in 2014.  While there are still many procedural obstacles to overcome, NAR is confident Congress will move on an extension of Mortgage Cancellation relief.  AsContinue reading “Mortgage Cancellation Debt Relief Update”

EPA Delays Lead Paint Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that efforts to regulate lead paint in commercial and public buildings will be delayed until July 1, 2015. The EPA was scheduled to publish these rules for commercial buildings by June, 2012. The purpose was to reduce possible lead paint hazards that might arise during renovation of theContinue reading “EPA Delays Lead Paint Regulations”