"EPA Retreats Again From Planned Regulation of Construction Runoff"

"EPA has dropped plans to regulate pollution washing off construction sites for the second time in as many years. The agency slipped the proposed regulation off the table last Friday, eight months after it sent the draft rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review."

"Homebuilders called the scuttling of the proposal a 'big victory for home buyers.' Housing developers had lobbied fiercely against the proposal, questioning EPA's pollution-reduction targets and arguing to OMB and the Small Business Administration that the rule would dramatically increase building costs and spur further job losses in the already battered construction and real-estate sectors."

Paul Quinlan reports for Greenwire August 19, 2011.

Source: Greenwire, 08/22/2011