This week in the world of regulation:
- Last week, 84 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, despite the July 4th holiday. There were 78 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- All in all, 1,930 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,650 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,371 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 41,936 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 78,139 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. No such rules were published last week, for a total of 16 so far in 2013.
- The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $5.78 billion to $10.39 billion.
- So far, 132 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 324 final rules affect small business; 28 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week:
- The BPA ban for infant formula packaging was published this week. CEI’s Angela Logomasini has written a paper explaining why BPA is good for public health.
- Due to adverse comments received, the EPA is partially withdrawing air quality rules for North Carolina and Georgia.
- Federal regulations require truck drivers to keep track of when they eat. Since drivers don’t always comply, the requirements have been revised.
- When companies want to merge, the Hart-Scott-Rodino act requires them to ask permission first in many cases. If the companies get cold feet during the waiting period, a new rule makes it easier for them to withdraw the merger request.
- New energy-efficiency standards for federal buildings and high-rise apartments and condos.
- The Justice Department engaged in a bit of housekeeping by repealing some regulations related to programs that no longer exist.
- New critical habitat for six West Texas aquatic invertebrate species.
- In New Bern, North Carolina, there is a drawbridge that crosses the Trent River. The federal government regulates when it goes up and down.
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