White House report shows high cost of EPA rules


The White House released an overdue report on the cost of regulations that shows that the Environmental Protection Agency dominates all other agencies in both benefits and costs, as well as the number of regulations.

EPA is number one on costs, ranging from $37.6 billion to $45.4 billion from 2004 to 2014 in 2010 dollars. The second most costly agency is the Department of Transportation, ranging from $8.5 billion to $16.3 billion; third, the Department of Energy, ranging from $6.3 billion to $9.0 billion.

EPA also leads the pack in the number of rules, with 32 significant rules made final. Transportation is the second highest with 28 rules, Energy is again third with 20 rules and the Department of Health and Human Services is fourth with 16. Although thousands of rules were made final in that period, the Office of Management and Budget reviewed a sliver of the most significant.

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