On to the data:
- Last week, 75 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 62 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- So far in 2014, 1,427 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,273 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 1,652 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 32,819 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 75,273 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. 19 such rules have been published so far this year, one of them in the past week.
- The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $2.33 billion to $2.72 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
- 118 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 273 new rules affect small businesses; 41 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- This week’s economically significant rule is from the Energy Department. Its new energy efficiency standards for walk-in freezers and coolers will cost an estimated $511 to $528 million per year.
- The California tiger salamander is an endangered species that was given designated critical habitat in Sonoma County, California in 2011. A correction to that designation was issued on Friday.
- You are now allowed to import female squash flowers from Israel.
- The Federal Trade Commission updated its regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939.
- HHS is withdrawing a regulation regarding the use of its official logo.
- The federal government has a National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. A new rule amends some of its policies.
- Webber’s ivesia, a plant species in California and Nevada, is now a threatened species. It is receiving 2,170 acres of critical habitat.
- UV lamps used for tanning are now henceforth to be known as sunlamp products, according to the FDA.
- Five species of sturgeon added to the endangered species list.