This Week in Ridiculous Regulations
The Trump administration’s 60-day regulatory freeze is now over, but many of this week’s new regulations are simply extensions of previous delays. So despite a relatively normal count of final rules, few of them actually implement new policies. Delayed rules range from imported lemons to hybrid car noise.
On to the data:
- Last week, 67 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 55 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 31 minutes.
- Federal agencies have issued 668 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 2,982 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,616 regulations.
- Last week, 791 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 937 pages the previous week.
- The 2017 Federal Register totals 15,105 pages. It is on pace for 67,434 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set last year. The unadjusted count was 97,110 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Seven such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
- The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.8 billion to $13.2 billion.
- Agencies have published 103 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
- In 2017, 146 new rules affected small businesses; 36 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- An extension of a previous delay on new rules for importing lemons from northwest Argentina.
- New gasoline vapor recovery regulations for Louisiana.
- A delay on new reporting rules for luggage recovery statistics.
- The 550th federal regulation since 1994 for preventing collisions at sea.
- An annual revision to Medicare’s payment policies for several treatments it covers.
- Revisions to federal definitions of organic food.
- Further delays for upcoming regulations for air conditioners and heat pumps, walk-in coolers and freezers, compressors, ceiling fans, and federal housing.
- The rule to make hybrid cars noisier has been delayed until May 22.
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EXCERPT: 67 new regulations last week, from imported lemons to hybrid cars.