CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Wednesday’s Veterans’ Day holiday made it a short work week, but the Federal Register still passed the 70,000-page mark, with new regulations covering everything from Flugzeugbaus to recreational salmon.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 44 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 77 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 49 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 2,958 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,377 new regulations this year, fewer than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,556 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,850 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 70,933 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 80,974 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 31 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 $3.63 billion to $4.88 billion for the current year.
  • 257 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 481 new rules affect small businesses; 70 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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