On to the data:
- Last week, 55 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 52 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 3 minutes.
- So far in 2014, 268 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,577 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 1,487 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 7,563 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 72,722 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2007.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Four such rules have been published so far this year, none of them in the past week.
- The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations is currently $1.6 million. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
- 30 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 50 new rules affect small businesses; 8 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- New Zealand isn’t the only place where kiwifruit can grow. In fact, the federal government has a Kiwifruit Administrative Committee that you can follow on Twitter. The Committee works with growers in California, and announced on Friday that they are lowering their assessment rate.
- New energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers.
- NASA repealed some personnel reliability regulations that it deems obsolete. This is exactly the kind of regulatory housekeeping that every agency should do at least annually.
- The EPA approved regional haze standards for Minnesota and Michigan.