CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

New rules last week covered everything from relaxed grape handling to unclaimed funerary objects.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 77 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 83 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 11 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 2,914 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,388 new regulations this year, far fewer than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,850 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,137 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 69,377 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 80,671 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 30 such rules have been published so far this year, two in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $3.63 billion to $4.88 billion for the current year.
  • 253 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 469 new rules affect small businesses; 67 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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