Federal Register weekly update: Two new significant final rules published

The Federal Register is a daily journal of federal government activity that includes presidential documents, proposed and final rules, and public notices. It is a common measure of an administration’s regulatory activity.

From July 27 to July 31, the Federal Register grew by 1,474 pages for a year-to-date total of 46,530 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 37,954 pages and 38,244 pages, respectively. As of July 31, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 8,576 pages and the 2018 total by 8,286 pages.

The Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 522 documents:
• 410 notices
• eight presidential documents
• 38 proposed rules

• 66 final rules

Two final rules concerning chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act and surety companies certified by the Department of the Treasury were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that they could have large impacts on the economy, environment, public health, or state or local governments. Significant actions may also conflict with presidential priorities or other agency rules. The Trump administration in 2020 has issued 23 significant proposed rules, 41 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of July 24.

Not all rules issued by the Trump administration are regulatory actions. Some rules are deregulatory actions pursuant to President Trump’s (R) Executive Order 13771, which requires federal agencies to eliminate two old significant regulations for each new significant regulation issued.

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Caitlin Styrsky

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