Federal Register weekly update: Two new significant final rules on food labeling and air pollutants

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 August 10 to August 14, the Federal Register grew by 1,866 pages for a year-to-date total of 49,940 pages. Over the same period in 2019 and 2018, the Federal Register reached 42,798 pages and 42,016 pages, respectively. As of August 14, the 2020 total led the 2019 total by 7,142 pages and the 2018 total by 7,924 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 484 documents:

• 392 notices
• 11 presidential documents
• 30 proposed rules

• 51 final rules

Two final rules concerning gluten-free food labeling and air pollutant emission standards for plywood and composite wood products 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 24 significant proposed rules, 43 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of August 14.

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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