Category: News & Press Releases

PRBA Provides Members Detailed Analysis on Impacts of California Battery Bills AB 2440 and SB 1215

On Friday September 16, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 2440 and Senate Bill 1215. The former deals with batteries and products with removable batteries (whether sold installed or just in the same packaging); the latter deals with products with embedded (nonremovable) batteries.  The fundamental difference between the two…
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Biden Administration Releases Fact Sheet on Economic Plan to Drive Electric Vehicle and Battery Manufacturing Boom in the United States

The White House released today a Fact Sheet on the “Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Boom” occurring in the United States that lists 6 PRBA-member companies who recently announced major investments in electric vehicle or battery manufacturing, processing, or recycling facilities in the United States. A copy of the Fact Sheet is available here.

California Legislature Passes Two Comprehensive Extended Producer Responsibility Battery Bills

On August 31, the California General Assembly passed Assembly Bill 2440, the California Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022.  On August 30, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 1215, amending the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003.  These were the final legislative actions required before sending the bills to Governor Gavin Newsom for approval.   If…
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PRBA Transportation Committee Meets to Consider List of Regulatory Challenges Impacting Transport of Lithium Batteries and Lithium Battery-Powered Products

PRBA’s Transportation Committee met on June 21, 2022 to consider a lengthy list of domestic and international regulatory challenges impacting the transport of lithium batteries. On the international front, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland to address a litany of lithium battery…
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EPA Request for Information on Best Practices for Battery Recycling and Labeling

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published today a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public comment on the scope and prioritization of battery collection, best practices for the collection of batteries for recycling, programs to promote battery recycling through the development of voluntary battery labeling schemes, and communication/education materials for battery producers and consumers…
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U.S. Postal Service Issues Rule Prohibiting Air Shipments of “Pre-owned, Damaged, or Defective” Lithium Battery-Powered Devices

The United States Postal Service (“USPS”) published today in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that revises their Mailing Standard  and, among other things, prohibits the mailing by air of “pre-owned, damaged, or defective electronic devices” that contain or are packed with lithium batteries. The IFR also mandates new package markings for such…
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