This Week in Ridiculous Regulations
The 2016 Federal Register broke the 60,000-page mark last week, and became the 25th-largest edition in the Register’s 81-year history before Labor Day. New rules for the week ranged from windshields to landfills.
On to the data:
- Last week, 87 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 101 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 56 minutes.
- With 2,516 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,678 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
- Last week, 1,977 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,647 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 61,016 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 89,205 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. 24 such rules have been published so far in 2016, two in the last week.
- The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $4.05 billion to $6.25 billion.
- 193 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
- So far in 2016, 448 new rules affect small businesses; 75 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- In 2016, new life insurance rules from the 2011 Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill.
- Legacy regulatory agencies are often at a loss as for how to treat innovation. The FAA is currently concerned about a “novel or unusual feature” in airplanes involving hydrophobic windshield coatings instead of traditional windshield wipers.
- Yet another correction for the EPA’s recent rule for crystalline silica. How many more corrections are on the way?
- Tuna quotas.
- Price and quality don’t matter. If you work for the Federal Transit Administration, buy American.
- Telemarketing: the federal government keeps a do-not-call list. Telemarketers can access this list for a fee. This may be why it does not work.
- The federal government has a Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order. A new rule extends its lifetime.
- Jettisoning cargo at sea.
- Fluorescent lamps might not be politically popular anymore: new testing procedures are on the way.
- Two new EPA rules for methane emissions from landfills will cost a combined $60.1 million in 2025.
- More drone regulations.
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