Along with last week’s usual slew of final regulations covering everything from power plants to televisions, an additional 55 proposed regulations also hit the books.
On to the data:
- Last week, 58 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 68 new regulations the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 54 minutes.
- So far in 2015, 674 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,856 new regulations this year, which would be nearly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
- Last week, 1,398 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,157 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 16,531 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 70,047 pages.
- 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, one in the past week.
- The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $693 million to $746 million for the current year.
- Sixty-two final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2015, 137 new rules affect small businesses; 23 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The federal government has a housing trust fund. A new regulation “implements a statutory prohibition against the Enterprises [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] passing the cost of such allocations through to the originators of loans they purchase or securitize[.]”
- Fracking on federal and Indian lands.
- If you’ve ever been involved in a car crash involving attenuator trucks deployed at construction sites, you should be aware of a new regulation from the Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- Now that it’s 2015, the Agricultural Marketing Service is allowing importers to file some of their required reports electronically.
- The Farm Credit Administration moved two of its field offices.
- Another EPA regulation aimed at coal-fired power plants.
- EnergyGuide labels on televisions.