Category: News & Press Releases

PRBA Attends International Dangerous Goods Meetings in Montreal and Geneva; Substantive Changes to Lithium ion Battery Transport Regulations Forthcoming.

The international dangerous goods regulations governing the transport of lithium ion batteries continue to evolve and PRBA participated in two recent meetings where these issues were addressed. The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel met in November 2023 in Montreal, Canada and agreed to substantial changes to the state of charge limits on lithium ion batteries shipped…
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PRBA Meets with Legislators and NGOs in Six States on EPR and Lithium ion Battery Safety Legislation; PRBA Legislative Committee Meets to Discuss Implications of Legislation

PRBA has been working with legislators and NGOs in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, California, and Washington on extended producer responsibility (EPR) battery legislation, and lithium ion battery safety legislation that focuses on powered bicycles and powered mobility devices. This wave of legislative activity on EPR battery legislation was expected in light of California…
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PRBA Files Comments on EPA Proposed Rule to Ban TCE, Issues Report to PRBA Members

On December 15, 2023 PRBA filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed risk management rule for trichloroethylene (TCE) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to ban the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for all uses.  A report on the TCE proposed rule was distributed to PRBA members…
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PRBA Meets with U.S. Customs Officials on Lithium ion Cell and Battery Classification

PRBA met on December 14, 2023 with officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to discuss amendments to the U.S. harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) and how lithium ion cells and batteries are currently classified under the international harmonized system (HS). The HS is administrated by the World Customs Organization and used by customs…
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ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel Agrees to Amend Lithium ion Air Transport Regulations Impacting Shipments of Equipment and Vehicles

The International Civil Aviation Organization Dangerous Good Panel (DGP) met the week of November 13 – 17, 2023 and agreed to amend the lithium battery and vehicle Packing Instructions in the 2023-2024 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO TI), which govern the international transport of…
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EPA Attends PRBA Annual Meeting, Discusses Plans for New Universal Waste Regulations on Lithium Batteries

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attended PRBA’s Annual Meeting on October 24th and discussed with PRBA members the Agency’s plans to propose a new category of universal waste regulations specifically for lithium batteries. EPA has expressed concerns in the past regarding the number of fires occurring at lithium battery recycling facilities and…
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CPSC Issues Notice on PFAS in Consumer Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued on September 20, 2023 a Notice of availability and request for information. SUMMARY: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) is publishing this notice to request information on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in commerce or potentially used in consumer products, potential exposures associated with…
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NY Proposed Change to Mobility Device Law Clarifies Authorized Testing Labs

New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection issued on September 15, 2023 a Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules on Local Law 39. The Law mandates that mobility devices be certified to specific UL safety standards and went into effect on September 17, 2023. The proposal…
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