In a very cold, holiday-shortened week, federal agencies issued 40 final and 33 proposed regulations covering everything from lithium-ion batteries to small fish in Oregon.
On to the data:
- Last week, 40 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 57 new regulations the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every four hours and 12 minutes.
- So far in 2015, 351 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,581 new regulations this year, which would be roughly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
- Last week, 1,118 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,341 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 9,353 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 68,772 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. Three 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-nine final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2015, 75 new rules affect small businesses; nine of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Thinking of transporting lithium-ion batteries? New regulations for doing so via land, sea, and air have been postponed until August 7, 2015.
- The Postal Service is planning to open more stores (“retail service facilities”).
- Via court order, the gray wolf is once again a protected species in Wyoming and a few other areas.
- The Oregon chub, a small fish, is being removed from the protected species list.
- Another new officially designated wine-growing region: the Fountaingrove District in Sonoma County, California.
- More than a quarter of last week’s rules, 11 in all, came from the EPA. See them all here.