CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week’s raft of new rules covers everything from school lunch workers to Flugzeugbau gliders.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 65 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, the same number as the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 35 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 1,065 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,992 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,609 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,975 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 26,706 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 74,694 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Eight 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 $917 million to $970 million for the current year.
  • Ninety final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 189 new rules affect small businesses; 30 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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