Category: News & Press Releases

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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PRBA Testifies and Files Comments on CPSC Lithium ion Battery

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held a public forum on lithium ion battery regulations and micromobility safety on July 27, 2023. The primary focus of the forum was to consider whether the Agency should propose through a rulemaking process a mandatory safety standard for lithium ion battery-powered micromobility devices. Based on…
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PRBA Legislative Committee Meets to Address New York Legislation on Lithium ion Battery Safety Standards, Amendments to New York EPR Rechargeable Battery Law

The PRBA Legislative Committee met on May 19, 2023 to discuss the potential implications of the following New York State Senate bills that were introduced earlier this year: SB 154. The bill would require certain micromobility devices be tested to UL safety standards by nationally recognized testing laboratories (NRTLs). While the original bill was amended…
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PRBA Environmental Committee to Meet to Discuss Recently Issued EPA FAQ and Memorandum on Lithium ion Batteries and Hazardous Waste Regulations

The United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on June 1, 2023 a 12-page memorandum containing 19 frequently asked questions (FAQ) on lithium ion battery recycling and the applicability of the Agency’s hazardous waste regulations (RCRA) to lithium ion batteries.  The document is at least the second “informal” statement by EPA in recent years…
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