The number of new final regulations for the year passed the 2,000 mark, with new rules ranging from cell walls to harpoon fishing.
On to the data:
- Last week, 56 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 60 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours.
- Federal agencies have issued 2,015 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,244 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
- Last week, 1,622 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,844 pages the previous week.
- The 2018 Federal Register totals 39,801 pages. It is on pace for 64,196 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
- The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
- Agencies have published 70 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
- In 2018, 336 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Some technical language in federal housing regulations is being repealed.
- Some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s beryllium compliance dates are being extended until December.
- Cell wall tolerance levels in food.
- Tuna fishing—with harpoons.
- If you export or import hazardous waste, you have to file paperwork with the Environmental Protection Agency. They have changed the address to which that paperwork must be sent.
- The Federal Communications Commission continues to tweak its oft-ignored Emergency Alert System.