PHCC Voices Concern over Clean
Water Act Rule.
Expanded federal jurisdiction could negatively affect construction
projects, organization says.
In response to the Clean Water Act Rule recently finalized by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army, the
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association (PHCC)
expressed concerns about the rule’s anticipated content and the
flawed regulatory process behind it.
PHCC, and other groups in the construction arena, claims the rule
improperly aims to define waters protected under the Clean Water
Act. The groups are concerned that this expanded federal
jurisdiction could negatively affect construction projects. Last
year, PHCC and other industry representatives submitted comments to
the EPA requesting the rule be withdrawn. Just this month, the U.S.
House of Representatives passed PHCC-supported legislation requiring
the EPA to withdraw its rule.
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“This is a prime example of
the power and danger of the regulatory process,” said Kevin
Tindall, president, PHCC. “And, as we head into summer and
closer to an election year, we’ll see more and more of these
types of actions that are outside of the legislative
process,” he warned PHCC members.
“While PHCC wholeheartedly supports the protection of our
nation’s water and land resources, we are concerned this
proposed rule is shortsighted,” Tindall added. “Now that the
rule has been finalized, we’ll be working with other
organizations and associations to thoroughly analyze it and
move to protect the interests of our members.”
Upon the completion of PHCC’s analysis, members will receive
details on how the rule will impact members and the
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