Federal Register weekly update: More than 10,000 notices issued so far in 2022

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 June 6 through June 10, the Federal Register grew by 1,576 pages for a year-to-date total of 35,642 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 576 documents:

  • 454 notices
  • Eight presidential documents
  • 42 proposed rules
  • 72 final rules

Four proposed rules, including revisions to the 2020 water quality certification regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 from the Environmental Protection Agency, and four final rules, including an amendment to regulations to waive excess and unauthorized grazing fees as a result of unforeseen circumstances from the Forest Service Agency 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 86 significant proposed rules, 113 significant final rules, and one significant notice as of June 10.

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