Regulatory activity was once again slow, with just $50 million in costs. There were more than a quarter-million new paperwork burden hours, however. An EPA proposal regulating mercury in dental offices and a final rule amending direct loan requirements led the week.
After three busy weeks of activity, regulators took a break during the last four days. Published costs were only $213 million and paperwork burdens declined by more than 700,000 hours. A proposal addressing energy consumption at federal buildings led the week.
Regulators didn’t slow down this week, adding more than $4.5 billion in total costs. Annual burdens were $3.7 billion, compared to no quantified benefits, and more than 2.8 million paperwork burden hours.
It was a historic week for regulation, with $18.9 billion in total published costs. Regulators added $1.7 billion in annual burdens, compared to $4.9 billion in benefits, and 4.4 million paperwork burden hours.
Several financial regulations added more than $5.2 billion in costs this week. Monetized benefits were a paltry $700,000 and regulators finalized close to one million paperwork burden hours.
Regulators returned to regulating this week, imposing $218 million in annualized costs, compared to $80 million in benefits, and more than 800,000 paperwork burden hours. A final Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule on Statistical Rating Organizations and an energy conservation proposal for air conditioners led the week.
It was yet another slow week for federal regulatory activity. Regulators added only $5.9 million in annualized costs, $1.5 million in benefits, and 351,000 paperwork burden hours. The Comptroller of the Currency finalized the most notable rulemaking, standards for large banks, insured savings institutions, and insured federal branches.
After last week’s $2 billion in regulatory costs, it was a slow week for federal rules, as regulators only published four regulations with quantified burdens. In total, costs nudged upward by $6 million and paperwork burdens increased by 356 hours.
As summer winds down and the nation heads towards the holiday weekend, agencies found time to add more than $2.2 billion in regulatory costs and 90,000 hours of paperwork. A Dodd-Frank rulemaking accounted for the vast majority of the week’s regulatory burdens.
This week regulators published $164.7 million in total regulatory costs; there were $45 million in annualized burdens, compared to $32 million in benefits, and 191,000 paperwork hours. An oil pollution proposal and a poultry inspection final rule led the week.