It was a light week on the regulatory front, but the Federal Register still added more than 1,200 pages. It will almost certainly pass the 70,000-page mark next week.
On to the data:
- Last week, 60 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 66 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 48 minutes.
- All in all, 3,246 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,591 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,207 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 69,520 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 76,903 pages, which would be good for fifth all time. The current record is 81,405 pages, set in 2010.
- 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, keeping the total at 35 so far in 2013.
- The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.42 billion to $11.82 billion.
- So far, 294 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 632 final rules affect small business; 87 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The Agricultural Marketing Service is lowering the assessment rate it charges Irish potato growers in certain parts of Colorado.
- The FDA issued a new rule to prevent ciguatera fish poisoning.
- In Rock Island, Illinois, there is a drawbridge that crosses the Mississippi River. The federal government regulates when it goes up and down.
- Due to comments received from the public, the EPA is delaying for four weeks the designation of critical habitat for Umtanum desert buckwheat and White Bluffs bladderpod.
- The Jemez Mountains salamander, however, is getting 90,716 acres of critical habitat in New Mexico.
- If you are planning on importing beans from Jordan, read this regulation first.