The number of new federal regulations passed the 3,000 mark last week, and the Federal Register continues its record pace. Now in its 81st year, it is already in top-ten territory as far as page count. New regulations range from wood heaters to lamps.
On to the data:
- Last week, 95 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 53 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 50 minutes.
- With 3,065 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,756 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
- Last week, 1,688 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,324 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 73,014 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 89,478 pages. This would exceed the 2010 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count of 81,405.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 26 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 $4.52 billion to $6.72 billion.
- 239 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
- So far in 2016, 528 new rules affect small businesses; 92 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Ambient air control quality standards for lead.
- Do not sell sexually explicit materials on Defense Department property.
- A regulation for how to present papers at Defense Department meetings.
- The EPA is loosening some of its gasoline vapor recovery requirements in Ohio cities including Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dayton.
- The EPA also decided, in late October, to continue with its new wood heater regulations.
- Now that it’s 2016, the Department of Homeland Security is issuing two new regulations for an electronic Visa update system.
- Energy tests for lamps.
- Two new endangered species of grouper fish.
- A population segment of Columbian white-tailed deer in Oregon and Washington State is now classified as threatened—an upgrade from its previous endangered status.