NAR Opposes Clean Power Plan

The EPA finalized its Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants.  Power plants can choose from a variety of options to reduce their CO2 emissions, including fuel switching, improving power plant efficiency, switching to renewable forms of energy and encouraging energy efficiency from energy users. NAR opposedContinue reading “NAR Opposes Clean Power Plan”

Congressional Leaders Move to Block EPA Rule

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed a provision that would prohibit the EPA from using any funds in FY 2016 to implement the now-finalized Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. At this time, there is no word yet on when either measure may reach the floor for a vote.  Other spending bans inContinue reading “Congressional Leaders Move to Block EPA Rule”

EPA Releases Water Rule

The Final Rule on Waters of the U.S. was released on May 27, 2015. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made several changes to the proposed rule in response to public comments, the final rule still expands federal jurisdiction over more U.S. waters beyond current practice, guidance and the limitations affirmed by two Supreme CourtContinue reading “EPA Releases Water Rule”

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”

3 Local Associations Ask EPA to Withdraw Water Rule

Following a recommendation from NAR, the Greeley, Longmont and Loveland-Berthoud Associations sent letters to the EPA encouraging the agency to withdraw the rule known as the “Waters of the United States”. NAR has been lobbying against the proposal for several years. The rule would broaden the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s abilitiesContinue reading “3 Local Associations Ask EPA to Withdraw Water Rule”

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”

Colorado Clean Water Coalition Pushing for Local Study

A group of local governments and business organizations, the Colorado Clean Water Coalition (CCWC), argues that Colorado already has a thorough and effective system for managing stormwater runoff. It opposes the EPA’s proposed rules, which have been in progress since 1999 but were delayed as a result of litigation by various jurisdictions across the country.Continue reading “Colorado Clean Water Coalition Pushing for Local Study”

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”

Presidential Candidates Differ on REALTOR Issues

NAR does not endorse a presidential candidate, but REALTORS® obviously want to know where the candidates stand on real estate issues. A recent interview in REALTOR® magazine sheds light on their positions. Below you’ll find a summary of both candidates’ answers to important questions that focus on REALTOR® issues. Home Ownership Incentives The federal governmentContinue reading “Presidential Candidates Differ on REALTOR Issues”