CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week’s batch of new rules covered everything from fluorescent lights to postage rates.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 59 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 77 new regulations the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 51 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 254 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,540 new regulations this year, which would be roughly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
  • Last week, 1,445 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,583 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 6,885 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 68,850 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. Two such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations is $630 million for the current year.
  • Twenty-one final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 54 new rules affect small businesses; five of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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