CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The FCC, inspired by a law passed in 1934, unveiled its controversial plan to regulate the Internet as a public utility. Beyond that it was a week like any other, with new regulations covering everything from biomass crops to walk-in freezers.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 65 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 40 new regulations the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 416 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,667 new regulations this year, which would be roughly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
  • Last week, 1,715 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,118 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 11,068 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 70,949 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Five such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $647 million to $700 million for the current year.
  • Forty-two final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 97 new rules affect small businesses; 15 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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