On to the data:
- Last week, 81 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 35 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 4 minutes.
- So far in 2014, 438 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,769 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 1,696 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 11,671 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 72,944 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2009.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six 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 currently ranges from $614 million to $885 million. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
- 45 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 89 new rules affect small businesses; 14 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- New grading requirements for grapefruit grown in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley. Oranges, too.
- The Justice Department updated its policies for arresting and interrogating journalists.
- The FDA wisely denied a request to delay a 2008 regulation for irradiating food, which is an effective way to control bacteria and other pathogens.
- The federal government adjusted drawbridge schedules in Rock Island, New York, Lawrence, New York, and Portland, Oregon.
- The Georgetown salamander and the Salado salamander are now threatened species.