CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped 80,000 pages for the year for just the fifth time in its 80-year history, with new rules covering everything from drones to ground beef.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 78 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 62 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 9 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 3,341 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,395 new regulations this year, fewer than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,402 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,998 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 80,631 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 81,937 pages. This would break the all-time record set in 2010, with 81,405 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 34 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 $6.18 billion to $8.69 billion for the current year.
  • 282 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 524 new rules affect small businesses; 77 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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