Federal Register weekly update: Tops 50,000 pages

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 July 31, 2023, through Aug. 4, 2023, the Federal Register grew by 2,754 pages for a year-to-date total of 52,020 pages.

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

This week’s Federal Register featured the following 598 documents:

  • 488 notices
  • Four presidential documents
  • 33 proposed rules
  • 73 final rules

Nine proposed rules, including proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for integrated iron and steel manufacturing facilities from the Environmental Protection Agency, and nine final rules, including amendments to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation regarding lavatory accessibility on single-aisle aircraft from the Transportation Department were deemed significant under E.O. 12866, as amended by E.O. 14094—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 in 2023 has issued 214 significant proposed rules, 154 significant final rules, and six significant notices as of Aug. 4.

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