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Serving as the Voice of the Rechargeable Power Industry, Representing its Members on Legislative, Regulatory and Standards issues at the State, Federal and International Level.

PRBA - The Leader in the Rechargeable Battery Industry

Over the past twenty-seven years PRBA has developed cooperative working relationships with transportation and environmental organizations ranging from local and national groups throughout North America to national and international industry related trade associations and government agencies in Europe and Asia.

In 2004, PRBA was granted official observer status by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonised System of Chemical Classification and Labeling. These relationships will assist PRBA member companies in dealing with “globalization” issues such as the transportation of, collection, and labeling of rechargeable batteries as they manufacture and sell globally.

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Jul 12 2018

USTR Announces New Tariff Proposals That May Impact Primary and Secondary Batteries Imported from China

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released on July 10th an additional list of Chinese goods that will potentially be subjected to 10% tariffs, including certain primary and secondary cell and battery products listed below.  

Jun 27 2018

ICC Fire Code Action Committee Endorses New Provisions for Used and Off Specification Lithium Batteries

The International Code Council’s Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC) on June 19, 2018 approved proposals on used and off specification lithium batteries for incorporation into the 2021 International Fire Code (IFC). The ICC will now accept public comments on these proposals until July 16, 2018, which will be posted on their website by August 31, 2018. The public comments will be addressed at the ICC’s Public Comment Hearing in Richmond, VA October 24 – 31, 2018.

May 21 2018

USA Today Reports on Fire Risks from Lithium ion Batteries Placed in Trash and California Battery Awareness Campaign

On May 18, 2018, the USA Today reported on the potential fire risks from lithium ion batteries placed in the trash by consumers. The article notes that “65% of waste facilities fires in California last year began with lithium ion batteries.” California launched an awareness campaign to educate consumers on the need to keep the batteries out of the garbage trucks and landfills.

Apr 11 2018

PRBA and Other Trade Groups File Proposals with UN Transport Agency to Address Testing Requirements, Shipments of Damaged/Defective Lithium Batteries

PRBA, in coordination with other industry associations, has filed a proposal with the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to amend shipping regulations addressing damaged/defective lithium batteries. The proposal stems from the ongoing regulatory challenges in defining what is considered a damaged/defective lithium battery and determining the type of packaging required.

Mar 29 2018

PRBA to Participate in EPA Webinar on Management Challenges for Lithium Batteries at Electronics Recyclers

George Kerchner, Executive Director of PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association, will participate in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency webinar on April 5 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 pm on the challenges of managing lithium batteries at electronics recycling facilities.

Mar 9 2018

IFC Fire Code Action Committee to Consider Proposals on Lithium ion Battery Storage Requirements

The International Code Council’s Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC) will meet on March 13 and 14 in Chicago to consider substantive changes to the IFC that address the storage of “used and off-spec” and new lithium ion batteries at retail locations and industrial facilities (e.g., battery recyclers and sorters).  PRBA will participate in the meeting and comment on proposals associated with lithium ion batteries.