CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

An otherwise slow week ended with a bang on Friday, with 27 new regulations, or nearly half the week’s total, covering everything from calorie counts to gas vapors.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 60 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 72 new regulations the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 48 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 548 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,796 new regulations this year, which would be nearly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
  • Last week, 1,157 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,242 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 13,467 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 68,710 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, none 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.
  • Fifty-five final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 111 new rules affect small businesses; 19 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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