CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Back to business as usual this week, with new regulations covering everything from Taiwanese orchids to student pilots.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 58 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 56 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 54 minutes.
  • With 275 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 2,855 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,371 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,096 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 6,400 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 66,666.66 pages. The 2015 Federal Register had an adjusted page count of 81,611.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Four such rules have been published so far in 2016, one in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $402 million to $1.24 billion.
  • 32 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 62 new rules affect small businesses; 14 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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