The Week in Regulation: July 29 to August 2

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

It was paperwork reduction week in the Federal Register, as regulators proposed to cut more than 3.6 million hours, on net.  Three substantial measures sought to reduce paperwork, led by an Education proposal and an EPA proposed rule for electronic reporting.  However, a pair of FDA rules that regulate imported food will add more than $5.3 billion in total costs; FDA did not quantify potential benefits.  As a result of the deregulatory measures, the net change for the week was $4.9 billion.           

Implications of Regulating Existing Greenhouse Gas Sources

| EPA, Energy & Regulation | Catrina Rorke, Sam Batkins

Today, President Obama will call for greenhouse gas (GHG) limits on existing stationary sources.  Examining the largest sources in the U.S., the American Action Forum (AAF) estimates such a proposal will affect more than 37,000 employees and regulate a variety of industries.  Natural gas generation, steel mills, refineries, and plastics manufacturing would all likely have to adjust to new regulation.


Regulation Review: Final Microwave Efficiency Standards

| Regulation | Dan Goldbeck

On Monday, the Department of Energy (DOE) formally published its energy efficiency standards for microwave ovens. The official publication comes more than two weeks after DOE actually released the rule. The rulemaking primarily focuses on a microwave’s standby and off modes. The unofficial pre-publication version is 198 pages.

Regulation Review: EPA Formaldehyde Standards

| Regulation | Dan Goldbeck

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a pair of proposed rules that would implement the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. The rules have been under review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for more than a year now.

Weeding Out Regulatory Duplication

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

An American Action Forum (AAF) review of more than 470 paperwork requirements finds there are 642 million hours of regulatory duplication, totaling 990 federal forms, and approximately $46 billion in costs.  In other words, duplicative paperwork would require 321,000 employees working 2,000 hours annually to complete – more employees than Pittsburgh has residents.

EPA’s Gasoline Proposal Seeks Pollution Reductions, Higher Costs

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to curb sulfur emissions in gasoline.  The proposal, so-called Tier-3, would cut sulfur levels by more than 60 percent, or down to 10 parts per million.  The resulting pollution decreases aim to cut smog and improve the efficiency of passenger vehicles. 

The Week in Regulation: February 25 to March 1

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added five regulations to the Federal Register this week.  Combined, the five final rules include $100 million in costs and more than 300,000 paperwork burden hours; none of the rules quantified benefits.  For the week, regulators published $255 million in costs and added 288,000 hours of paperwork.

Regulatory Toplines

2013 Regulatory Pile On Continues

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

$12 Billion in New Regulations in January, $15.8 Billion Potentially on Tap for February

AAF Proposes Regulatory Reform That Promotes Economic Growth

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

AAF Proposes Regulatory Reform That Promotes Economic Growth

WASHINGTON – In conjunction with The Atlantic’s event, Manufacturing’s Next Chapter, AAF Director of Regulatory Policy, Sam Batkins, outlines the regulatory burden on the manufacturing industry, how it directly impacts consumers, and explains the pressing need for regulatory reform to steer course to smarter regulation.

Regulatory Impact on Manufacturing

Regulation Review: HHS’s January Regulation Push: Regulations Could Cost Small Farms $13,000 Annually

| Regulation | Sam Batkins

Over the course of just four days, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released three new regulations that account for 797 pages, $9.1 billion in new costs, and 10.6 million additional paperwork burden hours.


Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchanges: Eligibility and Enrollment

  • Cost: $2.6 billion
  • Paperwork: 518,432 burden hours
  • Quantified Benefits: $0

Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption