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Lithium Battery International Dangerous Goods Transport Regulations under Scrutiny Once Again

The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel Working Group on Lithium Batteries is scheduled to meet the week of April 7th in Montreal to consider new restrictions on lithium metal batteries shipped by air.  In addition, the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods is scheduled to meet the week of June 23rd in Geneva to consider proposals for amending the hazard labels and marks in the UN Model Regulations applicable to lithium ion and lithium metal batteries and equipment packed with or containing these batteries.

PRBA represents the rechargeable battery industry as an official Observer with the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel and UN Sub-Committee of Experts.  For more information on PRBA’s work on these issues, contact PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner at 202.719.4109 or gkerchner@wileyrein.com.

The Rechargeable Battery Association Statement on Malaysian Air Flight MH370

PRBA shares the concerns about the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the passenger and its crew. Until it is determined what happened to the airliner, it is premature to speculate about reasons for its disappearance. As of now, PRBA has not been informed by any federal or international transportation agency about any investigation of lithium batteries onboard the missing aircraft. A rush to judgment before any facts are presented that explain the disappearance of flight 370 is both irresponsible and unwarranted.