This Week in Ridiculous Regulations
Friday’s Federal Register was one of the year’s biggest, with 74 agency notices, 4 proposed regulations and 15 final regulations spanning 1,119 pages. New rules for the week range from almonds to tall ships.
On to the data:
- Last week, 67 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 88 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 31 minutes.
- With 2,313 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,592 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
- Last week, 2,560 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,581 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 56,392 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 87,565 pages. This would exceed the 2015 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count of 81,611.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 22 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 $3.99 billion to $6.19 billion.
- 179 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
- So far in 2016, 416 new rules affect small businesses; 68 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- In a new 55-page regulation, the EPA argues that airplanes “endanger public health and welfare.”
- Quality control for almonds.
- A correction to ceiling fan energy conservation testing requirements.
- Preventing collisions at sea.
- Which doesn’t include tall ships, which have their own new regulation.
- The Lepidium papilliferum, a type of grass in Idaho, is now a threatened species.
- An attempt to help small businesses comply with vending machine calorie labeling requirements. Big businesses that can more easily absorb the costs must love how this rule affects their smaller competition.
- Hunting birds that migrate.
- A correction to a recent rule about commercial HVAC equipment.
- Do not import archaeological artifacts from Syria.
- Accessibility rules for cable TV user interfaces.
- The Acuña Cactus and the Fickeisen Plains Cactus are now endangered species.
- A 280-page regulation jointly issued by the Labor and Education Departments concerning “Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions.”
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