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.
Over the past twenty-one 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.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a forum on lithium ion batteries in transportation on April 11-12 in Washington, DC. The forum is intended to educate the NTSB on how lithium ion batteries are used across transportation modes. The forum is free and open to the public and will be broadcast via webcast. No registration is required.
The Rechargeable Battery Association has filed comments with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reiterating that it “fully supports” a proposal that would harmonize U.S. rules for air shipment of lithium batteries with the more stringent international standards.
The Rechargeable Battery Association recognizes the concerns that prompted today’s decision by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel to prohibit temporarily the transport of large lithium ion aircraft batteries on passenger planes. Lithium ion batteries weighing no more than 11 pounds may continue to be transported as cargo on passenger aircraft.
News stories that equate cargo shipments of lithium ion batteries with those lithium ion batteries used to power aircraft are fundamentally wrong and mislead the public. Misinformation about lithium ion batteries abounds. Allegations are often repeated without any understanding of the facts. That’s why it is absolutely critical to understand the world of difference between the millions and millions of lithium ion batteries and products containing them that are safely packaged and transported on aircraft every year and the much larger lithium ion aircraft batteries that were actively being used as a power source onboard Boeing’s Dreamliner during the recently reported incidents.
Billions of lithium ion cells and batteries are safely manufactured and transported every year. In addition, lithium ion batteries are safely used in millions of applications every day. Lithium ion batteries have emerged as the indispensable power source for notebook computers, mobile phones and tablets as well as medical devices and military equipment.
The U.S. DOT published today a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM); Request for Additional Comment on lithium batteries that includes a 60-day comment period. (The U.S. DOT published a similar NPRM/Request for Additional Comment in April, 2012.) This latest NPRM appears to be an attempt to eliminate an uncertainty as to whether the Agency’s proposal [...]