It was another slow week with just 40 new final regulations and 37 proposed regulations, but new rules still cover everything from solid waste to washing machines.
On to the data:
- Last week, 40 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every four hours and 12 minutes.
- So far in 2015, 78 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 1,773 new regulations this year, roughly half the usual total.
- Last week, 1,119 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 2,586 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 58,773 pages, which would be the lowest page count since 1992.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. One such rule has been published so far this year, none in the past week.
- The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations is $477 million for the current year.
- 8 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2015, 13 new rules affect small businesses; 4 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The EPA issued a 122-page definition of “solid waste.”
- The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has indefinitely delayed a rule restricting imports and interstate movement of certain fish.
- In line with the recent move to open up U.S.-Cuba relations, the Industry and Security Bureau and the Foreign Assets Control Office issued new rules to begin implementing policy changes.
- The Mexican wolf is now an endangered species. An additional regulation covers an experimental population in Arizona and New Mexico intended to increase the Mexican wolf’s range.
- The FAA is withdrawing a rule which increased “the allowed use of aviation training devices” instead of actual flights for certain airplane pilot certification programs.
- In 2008, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act ended the Export Enhancement Program and the Dairy Export Incentive Program. Seven years later, the Commodity Credit Corporation issued a rule to remove regulations related to those programs from the Code of Federal Regulations.
- New energy efficiency standards for commercial washing machines.
- Mining machines are now required to have proximity detection systems.