CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register passed the 35,000-page mark with new regulations covering everything from food additives to chimpanzees.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 81 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 64 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 4 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 1,446 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of exactly 3,064 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,542 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,752 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 35,437 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 75,078 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Eleven 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 $1.39 billion to $1.46 billion for the current year.
  • 119 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 255 new rules affect small businesses; 35 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.