CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation
This week in the world of regulation:
- Last week, 78 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, despite the July 4th holiday. There were 80 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and nine minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- All in all, 1,846 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,623 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,461 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 40,565 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 78,615 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. One such rule was published last week, for a total of 16 so far in 2013.
- The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $5.78 billion to $10.39 billion.
- So far, 130 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 312 final rules affect small business; 28 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week:
- This week’s economically significant rule prohibits students from receiving two consecutive Pell grants in the same year. The final rule does not contain a cost estimate, which is bad transparency. Fortunately, the earlier interim final rule does estimate that this will reduce anticipated federal spending by “approximately $24.3 billion over five years.” Since this affects government spending and not compliance costs, I am not counting this in the running compliance cost tally.
- A new regulation allows Customs to refuse to allow products into the country if they are not satisfied with their energy efficiency – or their labeling.
- The EPA has issued a new standard for measuring airborne lead.
- The EPA also issued new air quality regulations for Virginia, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.
- Federal organ transplant regulations now include blood vessels in the definition of “organ.” If they are attached to another organ covered under this definition.
- The federal government has a California Desert Grape Administrative Committee. It is raising the assessment rate it charges growers inside its jurisdiction.
- The National Mango Board is revising its membership rules to include more foreign producers.
- New FCC regulation for closed captioning of programming delivered over the Internet.
- New critical habitat designated for the fountain darter, a small fish “generally smaller than 3 cm long” found in Texas.
- The Buena Vista Lake shrew is also receiving 2,485 acres of critical habitat.
For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.