President Barack Obama’s administration withheld some of the most controversial environmental and healthcare regulations during October so as not to jeopardize his reelection chances. However, the federal government has still posted an average of 68 regulations and notices a day for the last three months.
Those in the business community predicted there would be a "tsunami of regulations" if Obama won reelection. A CNS analysis found 6,124 regulations and notices posted on the federal government’s regulations.gov website in the past 90 days, which may seem like limited government in comparison to what may be in store in the coming months.
One posting concerns a "12-month finding" dealing with the endangered status for the Acuna Cactus and the Fickesian Plains Cactus and designation of critical habita.
Another is a proposed rule dealing with "volatile organic compound emissions from architectural coatings" under the Clean Air Act.
There is even a rule that dealt with clarifying a "provision of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the regulations issued thereunder that requires periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by accredited certifying agents."