On to the data:
- Last week, 47 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 72 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 35 minutes.
- Federal agencies have issued 256 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 3,556 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,853 regulations.
- Last week, 1,022 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,860 pages the previous week.
- The 2017 Federal Register totals 8,644 pages. It is on pace for 120,056 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 30 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
- In 2017, 35 new rules affected small businesses; 4 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- A new Export Administration Regulation is, according to the agency that issued it, “purely non-substantive.”
- The definition of hard cider.
- A couple of rockfish species are being removed from the endangered species list.
- A delay in new vehicle emission standards.
- An update to the federal government’s policy on lemons from northwest Argentina.