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MHARR: EPA Action on Formaldehyde Rule

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that the organization has succeeded in winning a delay of the effective date(s) of the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016.

 

The EPA announced the action yesterday in a notice, which fulfills the original request by MHARR for a delay.

As MHProNews covered earlier this week, the call came from MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, during a May 1st meeting in Washington DC. That meeting was convened by the EPA to solicit comments from parties on a new rulemaking docket concerning regulations adopted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other laws that could be “repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome” in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777 issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.

We’re calling for the elimination of certification requirements for finished goods included in the final rule, which apply to manufactured housing producers but expressly exempt site-builders using the same materials,” said Weiss.

MHARR was the only manufactured housing industry organization to participate in the meeting and address the formaldehyde rule specifically in relation to manufactured homes.

MHARR also noted that the final formaldehyde rule published by EPA (during the last days of the Obama Administration) was significantly different from the proposed rule, published on June 10, 2013. In essence, the original rule stated that both manufactured homes and site-built homes would have been deemed “finished goods,” and subject to the certification requirements applicable.

In contrast, under the final rule, only manufactured homes and manufactured homebuilders are subject to those certification requirements and related regulatory compliance costs.

MHARR tells MHProNews that, in accordance with EPA’s delay notice with formal publication in the Federal Register expected on May 24, 2017, compliance dates for formaldehyde emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions would be extended until March 22, 2018. Import certification provisions would be extended until March 22, 2019, and laminated product producer provisions would be extended until March 22, 2024.

 

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Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

MHARR will closely monitor this rulemaking, which is an integral part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reign-in or repeal federal regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, or are otherwise outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, or unduly burdensome,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD.

As this proceeding goes forward, MHARR will continue to aggressively oppose any discriminatory mandates on manufactured housing, HUD Code manufacturers and/or manufactured homebuyers.”

 

The full announcement from MHARR is linked here. ##

 

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MHARR to Secretary Perry: Withdraw Unnecessary MH Energy Rule

March 13th, 2017 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called upon the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Gov. Rick Perry, to withdraw its proposed manufactured housing energy rule.

MHARR says that the proposed rule is “rooted in climate change activism and advanced by energy special interests through an illegitimate and scandal-plagued regulatory process, threatens to needlessly destroy the affordability of manufactured homes” and “simultaneously excludes millions of consumers from the manufactured housing market – and from home-ownership altogether.

According to MHARR, the proposed rule could increase the retail cost of an average multi-section manufactured home by $6,000.00 or more because regulatory compliance, testing and enforcement-related costs were never considered by DOE in developing the rule.

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DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Credit: Wikipedia.

MHARR has been on the record as an opponent of both the proposed DOE rule and the “fundamentally-tainted administrative process” that led to its adoption.

In a November 2016 letter, the organization called for the DOE “to cease and desist from any further activity on the proposed manufactured housing rule pursuant to Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies against finalizing any pending rules or regulations in the Obama Administration’s last days.

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The DOE manufactured housing ‘energy’ rule is a textbook example of a destructive, big government ‘solution’ in search of a problem. Manufactured homes, comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, already have median energy operating costs that are less than, or comparable to, other types of housing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss.

To single out manufactured homes and their mostly lower and moderate-income buyers for what amounts to a huge, regressive tax that would devastate both them and the industry in order to satisfy special interests, is incomprehensible, indefensible and precisely the type of baseless, damaging federal regulation that President Trump has vowed to eliminate.

The full letter from Weiss to Secretary Rick Perry is linked here. ##

 

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MHARR Submits Comments on SAA Funding Rule, Seeks Accountability for HUD Program Expenditures

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Washington, D.C., February 21, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has filed written comments on a December 16, 2016 rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to modify minimum payments provided to State Administrative Agencies (SAA) within the HUD manufactured housing program.

 

MHARR says that, as an integral part of the unique federal-state partnership established by the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 and amended by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, SAAs are the first line of protection for consumers residing in manufactured homes subject to federal standards established by HUD.

According to the written comments, SAAs, operating under outdated rules, have been deprived of funding by the HUD program, while budgeted payments to revenue-driven program contractors have ballooned, despite significantly reduced production levels of new homes over the same period.

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MHARR states that this fundamental distortion of the federal program, which is in direct conflict with the federal-state partnership mandated by Congress and the letter of the 2000 law, would have been worse by a modification to the SAA payment rule proffered by the current career Administrator of the HUD program in July, 2015.

This would have severely reduced funding for a number of the SAAs, potentially leading them to consider exiting the HUD program. With objections by MHARR and various states, the Administrator was eventually forced to reverse course.

The full written comments submitted by MHARR are linked here. ##

 

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MHARR Calls for Congressional Review, Rejection of DOE Rule

January 10th, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), tells MHProNews that it has now formally called on Congress to review and reject the panned final regulation adopted by DOE under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

In a January 6, 2017 communication to the Chairmen of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, MHARR – citing extensive independent evidence, urged Congress to exercise its authority under the CRA to prevent any final DOE manufactured housing energy rule from taking effect.

Such a vote by Congress, would under the express terms of CRA, bar the DOE from reissuing the rule “in substantially the same form,” or issuing a new rule “that is substantially the same” as the rejected rule, “unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint congressional resolution disapproving the original rule.

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews. For an in-depth interview with Mark Weiss, click here.

MHARR says that this prohibition, in light of changes in the composition of Congress and the election of a new president in November 2016, could well end the threat of destructive and debilitating DOE manufactured housing energy regulation for an indefinite period.

The association represents the interests of independent HUD Code producers, among others.

MHARR says that congressional rejection of a final DOE manufactured housing “energy” rule would fulfill President-Elect Trump’s pledge to “eliminate” wasteful and unnecessary federal regulations “which kill jobs and do not improve public safety  It would also put teeth behind Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies to refrain from “finalizing pending rules or regulations in the [Obama] Administration’s last days.

In that warning memorandum, the congressional leadership promised to scrutinize any such midnight rules and if appropriate, overturn them, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.

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For the full statement from MHARR, click here.

For the full MHARR Congressional review request, click here. ##

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