Category: Press Releases

PRBA Issues Report on Meeting of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel and Possible Impacts on the Air Transport of Lithium Batteries

PRBA recently issued its report on the meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) Working Group, which met virtually to address issues associated with the transport of dangerous good by air, including several proposals on lithium batteries. In addition to the lithium battery proposals, PRBA’s report summarizes the DGP Working…
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PRBA Opposes NTSB’s Lithium Battery Recommendations Cites Risk to Medical Patients, Threat to U.S. Military, Harm to U.S. Lithium Battery Industry

PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association challenged the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations that would ban shipments by air of prototype lithium batteries. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PRBA warned that implementation of the NTSB’s recommendations would prevent its members from operating globally and “endanger the safety of…
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U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Issues Recommendations to Prohibit Transport of Prototype Lithium ion Batteries by Air

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released on June 8, 2020 a Safety Recommendation Report that calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to carry to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel a proposal to prohibit the transport of prototype lithium ion batteries by air and eliminate from 49…
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U.S. Department of Transportation Agrees with PRBA’s Request to Postpone Compliance Date Associated with UN38.3 Lithium Battery Test Summary

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published its HM-215O Harmonization Final Rule on May 11, 2020 that includes several amendments to the lithium battery provisions in 49 CFR 173.185 of the U.S. hazardous materials regulations. In the Final Rule, the Agency agreed with PRBA’s request for a January 1, 2022…
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PRBA Files Three Co-Authored Proposals to Amend the UN’s Lithium Battery Transport Regulations

Amendments Include Modification of New Test Summary Requirement In preparation for the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods meeting scheduled for June 29 – July 8, 2020, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has filed three proposals in cooperation with several other associations to amend the lithium battery regulations found in…
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Industry Rises Against Dangers of Rogue Lithium Battery Shipments

As the threat of mis-declared or ill-packaged shipments carrying lithium batteries looms large, the aviation industry is joining forces to fight the menace. As e-commerce and demand for cleaner technology grows, the demand for lithium batteries is also seeing an upward trend. It’s time this industry affair got more attention to make aviation safer.

The difference between the words compliant and complaint is not just the placement of two alphabets. When compliance is compromised, complaints over security become inevitable. That safety is aviation’s top priority is stating an obvious fact. What is not obvious though is the threat to this safety brought about by the rising of rogue shipping incidents.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – But Be Safe, PRBA Reminds Holiday Flyers Traveling with Lithium Batteries

PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association today released its 2019 holiday safety message for airline passengers traveling with either lithium batteries or battery-powered devices, including cameras, chargers, laptops, mobile phones, toys, video games, e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

“With all the bustle and excitement of the holidays, it’s sometimes easy for airline passengers to overlook Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for lithium batteries and battery-powered devices and gifts placed in checked luggage and carry-ons,” PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner said.

Time to Crack Down on Hidden Lithium ion Battery Shipments, says Air Cargo

Governments must begin issuing fines and penalties for manufacturers that make counterfeit batteries or mis-label lithium battery shipments.

In yet another rare example of the air cargo industry working together, IATA, FIATA, Tiaca and the Global Shippers’ Forum have urged governments to step up and enforce regulations. The aim is to prevent the transport of mis-labelled, non-compliant and potentially dangerous lithium ion batteries.

U.S. EPA Issues Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation for N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP); “Unreasonable Risk” Determination Poses Significant Implications for Lithium ion Battery Manufacturers

The U.S. EPA recently published its draft TSCA Risk Evaluation (draft RE) for N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) (CAS RN 872-50-4). NMP is a substance used in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries. The draft RE identifies industrial and commercial uses that EPA has deemed to present an unreasonable risk to the health of workers or consumers. Unreasonable risk is the trigger for TSCA regulation. Of particular interest to the lithium ion battery industry, EPA made an unreasonable risk determination for industrial and commercial use of NMP “[a]s a solvent (for cleaning or degreasing) use in electrical equipment, appliance and component manufacturing and for other uses in manufacturing lithium ion batteries.” Because NMP is used in the manufacturing of lithium ion batteries, manufacturers of lithium ion batteries will be considered “processors” under TSCA.