Legal & Regulatory

$1 Trillion Regulatory Costs New EPA Rules

December 2
10:07 AM 2016

The new implementation of EPA rules on heavy trucks has boosted the 10-year regulatory burden on America past $1 trillion, 75 percent of which have been imposed by the Obama administration.

According to a new analysis from American Action Forum, that amounts to a one-time charge of $3,080 per person, or an annual cost of $540.

There are $1 trillion total finalized cost, 500 numbers of major regulations passed by the Obama administration last summer, 4,432 of total number of regulations finalized, 754,208,700 paper work hours, 3,080 one time charge per person.

The staggering amount is likely to surge even higher as President Obama scrambles to lock in several environmental regulations before leaving office. He has already broken records for new regulations and added red tape this year and still has 50 days in office.

While incoming President-elect Donald Trump said and promised to kill two current regulations or every new one that he will have.

Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the watchdog group each year, regardless of age nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages. He also said that new high in regulatory costs, came after new fuel standards for trucks were implemented.

Batkins study goes back to 2005 when George W. Bush was still the president and said that Obama was responsible for about three quarters of the added regulatory

Sam Batkins said in a statement "The Obama Administration surpassed 500 major regulations last summer, imposing $625 billion in cumulative costs. Earlier this year, regulators published the administration's 600th major rule, increasing burdens to $743 billion. Now, thanks to data from the last term of the Bush Administration and another billion-dollar rule from EPA, the regulatory tally has surpassed $1 trillion. These figures are direct estimates from federal regulators, but it will take more than an effort from these regulators to amend hundreds of major regulations. Congress, the next president, and even the courts must participate in the next generation of regulatory modernization,"

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