CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was a light week on the regulatory front, but the Federal Register still added more than 1,200 pages. It will almost certainly pass the 70,000-page mark next week.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 60 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 66 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 48 minutes.
  • All in all, 3,246 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,591 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,207 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 69,520 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 76,903 pages, which would be good for fifth all time. The current record is 81,405 pages, set in 2010.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year.  No such rules were published last week, keeping the total at 35 so far in 2013.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.42 billion to $11.82 billion.
  • So far, 294 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 632 final rules affect small business; 87 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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