The number of new final regulations in 2016 passed the 1,000 mark on Friday. Last week’s new rules cover everything from semipostal stamps to vapor recovery.
On to the data:
- Last week, 53 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 61 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 10 minutes.
- With 1,001 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,208 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
- Last week, 1,1496 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,284 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 23,968 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 76,821 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. Seven 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 $629 million to $1.46 billion.
- 80 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
- So far in 2016, 194 new rules affect small businesses; 27 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Tuna fishing regulations.
- The Postal Service sells semipostal stamps.
- Food donation regulations, which will no doubt need to be violated or temporarily rescinded the next time a natural strikes and people need help as quickly as possible.
- Gasoline vapor recovery in Vermont.
- The federal government has a Cherry Industry Administrative Board. It has new policies for tart cherries grown in Michigan.
- The Agricultural Marketing Service is ending a block grant program.
- The Energy Department has decided it has the authority to regulate portable air conditioners. Specific testing procedures and energy usage standards will be forthcoming in future rules.
- Whistleblower protections for people who report violations of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act.
- 16 new FAA regulations.