The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy this week proposed ten federal rules for review under the Regulatory Flexibility Act to better gauge their impact on small businesses.

The ten rules were narrowed down from 80 submissions by small-business owners of regulations they found burdensome, outdated or ineffective, the agency said.

Among other regulations, the top ten list includes proposals to update air-monitoring rules for dry cleaners, simplify rules for recycling solid waste at smaller companies, and redefine the term oil under the Environmental Protection Agency's Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rules in order to exclude agricultural processing materials.

"Streamlining and updating these regulations will help ease the disproportionate federal regulatory burden placed on small business," Thomas Sullivan, the agency's chief counsel, said in a statement.

Small businesses currently pay 45 percent more per employee than larger firms in complying with federal regulations, the agency said.