Posthaste Facts on the Environment #7

Wetlands Regulations Leave People Homeless

Produced 1993

Not even the homeless are safe from environmental regulators.

The St. Vincent DePaul Society planned to construct a homeless shelter on fourteen one-hundredths of an acre in downtown Juneau, Alaska, but the Environmental Protection Agency would not permit it without a wetlands permit. The Society had already acquired other necessary permits including an Allowable Use Permit, a Building Permit, a Design Review Permit and a Site Plan to build on the lot, located in a general commercial subdivision and surrounded by pavement on three sides. It took 270 days before the permit was issued and, as a result, 44% of Juneau's homeless spent an additional winter in the cold.

Joseph and Irma Phillips planned to build their retirement dream home on a portion of 44-acre farm in Maryland. To pay for the farm, the Phillipses sold their home and used their entire life savings. To help pay for construction of a house, the Phillipses had hoped to subdivide the land and sell off part of it. But then the Army Corps of Engineers declared their farm a wetland and barred them from building on it. Now the Phillipses must depend on the generosity of family for a roof over their heads.

Source: "The Horror of Federal Regulations," Republican Study Committee, September 4, 1992


Posthaste Facts on the Environment #7, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. For more information about Posthaste #7 contact Bob Adams at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]

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