CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was a week like any other for regulations, with rules affecting everything from olive taxes in California to what types of gasoline are legal in Atlanta.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 67 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 84 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 589 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,945 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,415 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 14,593 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 72,965 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2009.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 8 such rules have been published so far this year, two of them in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $616 million to $887 million. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • Fifty-nine final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 121 new rules affect small businesses; 18 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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