Federal Register weekly update: Nine new significant documents added

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, accounting for both regulatory and deregulatory actions.

From Sept. 20 through Sept. 24, the Federal Register grew by 1,114 pages for a year-to-date total of 53,184 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 597 documents:

Three proposed rules, including an energy conservation program from the Energy Department, and six final rules, including a correction to the Environmental Protection Agency GHG emission standards and test procedures for control of air pollution from airplanes and airplane engines, were deemed significant under E.O. 12866—defined by the potential to 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 Biden administration has issued 61 significant proposed rules, 69 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of Sept. 24.

  • 492 notices
  • Seven presidential documents
  • 31 proposed rules
  • 67 final rules

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