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HUD Power-Grab – “Frost-Free” Interpretive Bulletin

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The HUD manufactured housing program, on June 21, 2017, published a proposed “Interpretive Bulletin” (IB) in the Federal Register (copy attached) that would effectively change the substance of the current federal installation standards (24 C.F.R. 3285.312(b)) for “frost-free or “frost-protected” manufactured housing foundations used in “freezing  climates.” This proposal, which MHARR has explained and detailed …

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EPA Publishes Final Formaldehyde Rule for Composite Wood Products

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – after an extended delay — has published its final rule to regulate formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products in the December 12, 2016 edition of the Federal Register (see, copy attached).  The publication of this final rule (previously released by EPA on a pre-publication basis in July 2016), represents …

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MHARR Seeks Repeal Of Discriminatory Formaldehyde Mandates

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed written comments (copy attached) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking the repeal of discriminatory requirements imposed on federally-regulated producers of manufactured housing under EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Wood Products rule, published on December 12, 2016.  MHARR’s written comments follow – …

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President Trump’s Regulatory Orders Moving Forward – HUD Invites Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2017 (copy attached), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”), issued by President Trump on January 30, 2017 and Executive Order 13777 (“Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”), issued by …

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Terrible FHFA Duty to Serve Rule Leads to Useless Fannie And Freddie DTS Chattel Plans

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., May 9, 2017 – The entirely discretionary final “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) rule published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on December 29, 2016 — opposed by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) as being totally inconsistent with the mandatory and remedial nature of DTS as enacted by …

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MHARR to EPA: withdraw discriminatory formaldehyde mandate

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has formally called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw certification requirements contained in its December 2016 Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule, which discriminate against manufactured housing and manufactured housing producers. At a May 1, 2017 meeting in Washington, …

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APRIL 27, 2017- HUD PROGRAM INTENSIFIES EFFORT TO FEDERALIZE INSTALLATION

MHARR AGGRESSIVELY RESISTS HUD PLAN TO FEDERALIZE INSTALLATION MHARR has received numerous inquiries from industry members and other HUD program stakeholders regarding a rapidly-widening power grab by program administrator to effectively federalize installation regulation in all 50 states, forcing changes to or, in some cases, totally displacing (or seeking to displace) state law installation standards …

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MHARR: Trump Executive Order Nullifies Basis for Energy Rule

In an April 26, 2017 communication to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Rick Perry (copy attached), MHARR reiterated its March 10, 2017 call for the withdrawal of DOE’s June 17, 2016 proposed manufactured housing energy rule, asserting, as yet another ground for the proposed rule’s retraction, a March 28, 2017 Trump Administration Executive Order …

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