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CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

This week in the world of regulation:
  • Last week, 93 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. This is up from 72 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every hour and 48 minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • All in all, 1,592 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,522 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,536 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 36,027 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 78,320 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. No such rules were published for the third consecutive week, for a total of 13 so far in 2013.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $5.58 billion to $10.19 billion.
  • So far, 109 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 291 final rules affect small business; 26 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week: For more data, go to