Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs , PHCC-National Association
Charles “Chuck” R. White serves as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for PHCC—National Association. White works closely with government regulatory bodies, such as the DOE, and serves on a number of councils and coalitions including NSPC, PERC, ABPA and IAPMO as a representative of PHCC’s contractors.
  • 08.12.21

    The Infrastructure Bill: Will it Impact Plumbing and HVAC?

    On Aug. 10, 2021, the Senate approved a long-awaited and debated $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes $579 billion in new spending for specific infrastructure needs. A majority of that spending is targeted to transportation – combined funds to the tune of $274 billion. For the plumbing and HVAC industry, there are funding mechanisms found in several allocations – $55 billion for water …

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  • 07.26.21

    Advocacy News

    PHCC Comments on Proposed HFC Allowance and Allocation Rule

    Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2021-0044  The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) is the oldest construction trades association in the country representing approximately 3,200 plumbing and HVACR contractors employing over 64,000 professionals across the United States. Since 1883, this organization has been concerned with the safe installation of plumbing and HVAC systems. …

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  • 03.24.21

    Advocacy News

    Rolling Back Regulations is a Reality

    The Biden-Harris Administration continues to roll back regulations enacted during the previous administration. Two proposed rulemakings that withdraw rules have been released for public comment. In the newly released proposed rules, the withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Final Rule is based on several reasons: The rule adopted a new “economic reality” test to determine whether a worker is …

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  • 01.14.21

    Advocacy News

    PPP Loan Program Re-opens

    The U.S. Small Business Administration will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA. Contact your lender for information about …

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  • 11.23.20

    PPP and Main Street Lending Programs

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently has issued guidance and related information for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Main Street Lending Programs. For PPP borrowers with loans of $2 million or greater, lenders will be sending a mandatory survey that must be completed within 10 days of receipt. Smaller PPP borrowers, with loans of $50,000 or less, may be eligible to use …

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  • 11.02.20

    Advocacy News

    CDC Revises Definition of Close Contact

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its Definition of what constitutes a close contact with a COVID-19 infected person. This change makes exposure time cumulative during a 24-hour period (and not just consecutive minutes) and instructs that the wearing of masks generally does not eliminate the risk of a close contact. The CDC now states a close contact to be: Someone …

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  • 10.29.20

    Advocacy News

    Executive Order on Racial Bias

    On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950, “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” The Executive Order sets forth the policy of the United States “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating” and prohibits federal contractors from inculcating such views in their employees in workplace diversity and inclusion trainings. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued …

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  • 09.23.20

    Advocacy News

    Executive Order Defers Payroll Tax Withholding

    President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order intended to financially assist workers as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The memorandum directs the Secretary of the Treasury to defer certain payroll tax obligations with respect to the American workers most in need. This order has been interpreted to be voluntary, although federal workers have been mandated to comply. If …

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  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    SBA Issues Additional PPP Guidance

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued additional guidance concerning the ownership percentage that triggers the applicability of the owner compensation rule for forgiveness purposes and limitations on the eligibility of certain non-payroll costs for forgiveness. The interim rule lists the following FAQ’s: Owners Q: Are any individuals with an ownership stake in a PPP borrower exempt …

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  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    DOE Receives 60-Day Notice of Pending Litigation To Force Release of HVAC Product Efficiency Standards

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was recently served with a 60-day letter notifying the Department of a party's intent to litigate. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a group of state attorneys general have separately filed letters regarding the DOE’s failure to meet mandatory deadlines for reviewing and amending product efficiency standards pursuant to the Energy Policy and …

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  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    DOE Proposes Showerhead Revisions

    In 2011, the Obama Administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), established a showerhead rule interpretation, which changed the definition of a showerhead. The Federal limit for a showerhead is 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 80 pounds per square inch (psi) supply pressure. The 2011 interpretation, effective since 2013, limited the aggregate flow from all showerheads in a shower …

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  • 05.06.20

    Advocacy News

    SBA Clarifies Paycheck Protection Program

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has added an Item 40 to their list of FAQ's expanding on the topic of PPP loan forgiveness. Some employers are finding laid-off workers declining return-to-work offers when those workers are receiving greater pay through un-employment. Employers are then faced with a declining staff count, which could affect the forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection. …

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