CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was a short week due to both MLK Day and a large snowstorm in the DC area, but regulators still issued new rules covering everything from potato proteins to Wisconsin air.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 59 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 70 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 51 minutes.
  • With 153 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 2,875 regulations in 2016.
  • Last week, 1,213 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,617 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 3,933 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 70,233 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Two such rules have been published so far in 2016, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $321 million to $1.118 billion.
  • 17 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 39 new rules affect small businesses; 7 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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