CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register passed the 20,000-page mark in a big way, with Thursday and Friday’s editions alone accounting for more 1,200 pages. New regulations cover everything from macadamia insurance to net neutrality.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 57 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 39 new regulations the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 57 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 850 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,872 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total.
  • Last week, 2,127 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,120 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 21,533 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 72,747 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they are estimated to have annual costs of $100 million or more. Six 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 $693 million to $746 million for the current year.
  • 73 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 159 new rules affect small businesses, while 25 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:


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