CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was another slow week with just 40 new final regulations and 37 proposed regulations, but new rules still cover everything from solid waste to washing machines.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 40 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every four hours and 12 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 78 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 1,773 new regulations this year, roughly half the usual total.
  • Last week, 1,119 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 2,586 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 58,773 pages, which would be the lowest page count since 1992.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. One such rule has been published so far this year, none in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations is $477 million for the current year.
  • 8 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 13 new rules affect small businesses; 4 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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