flash policy” as well as getting rid of harmful regulations on restaurants, schools, and stores. Most of these rules were never needed in the first place, and a growing list of such rules is available on Twitter’s #NeverNeeded hashtag. Meanwhile, agencies issued new final regulations ranging from vegetable oil emissions to how to treat astronauts.
On to the data:
- Last week, 82 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 62 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and three minutes.
- Federal agencies have issued 703 final regulations in 2020. At that pace, there will be 3,196 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 2,964 regulations.
- There were also 35 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, for a total of 463 on the year. At that pace, there will be 2,105 new proposed regulations in 2020. Last year’s total was 2,184 proposed regulations.
- Last week, agencies published 568 notices, for a total of 4,853 in 2020. At that pace, there will be 22,060 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 21,804.
- Last week, 1,492 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,258 pages the previous week.
- The 2020 Federal Register totals 16,226 pages. It is on pace for 73,755 pages. The 2019 total was 76,288 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Two such rules have been published this year. Four such rules were published in 2019.
- The running cost tally for 2020’s economically significant regulations ranges from net savings of between $180 million and $4.69 billion. 2019’s total ranges from net savings of $350 million to $650 million, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact number depends on discount rates and other assumptions.
- Agencies have published 16 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2019’s total was 66 significant final rules.
- So far in 2020, 140 new rules affect small businesses; six of them are classified as significant. 2019’s totals were 501 rules affecting small businesses, with 22 of them significant.
Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:
- Flight restrictions for flights from the UK.
- And the Schengen Area.
- Reporting outages for submarine cables.
- Subsistence hunting of northern fur seals.
- A correction to an earlier regulation on doctors providing telehealth services.
- The Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship Grand Princess.
- New EPA rules for emissions from making vegetable oil.
- Cigarette package labeling requirements for smaller producers.
- Larger producers, too.
- How to treat astronauts.
- The fine for not posting Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requirements in a workplace have been adjusted for inflation.
- Archaeological artifacts from El Salvador.
- The Small Business Administration is implementing a regulation from the Lending Oversight Reform Act of 2018.
- Emission standards for boats made from plastic composites.
- The St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls.
- Carrying broadcast television stations on cable and satellite networks.