Category: News & Press Releases

New York City Adopts Comprehensive Amendments to Fire Code Impacting the Management, Storage, and Charging of Battery Powered Industrial Trucks, Equipment, and Mobility Devices

New York City has become the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to adopt new fire code requirements applicable to the storage, handling, and charging of micromobility devices that are generally aligned with the new requirements that will appear in the 2024 International Fire Code (IFC). New York City also expanded these requirements beyond what is…
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California Legislature to Consider Collection and Recycling Mandates for Portable Batteries and Electronic Devices

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) battery bill (AB 2440) has been introduced in the California Assembly and focuses on the collection and recycling of portable batteries and electronic devices with embedded batteries. The short, three-page bill – Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2022 – is a placeholder for what…
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U.S. Department of Transportation Agrees PRBA’s Petition for Rulemaking on Lithium Batteries and Materials of Trade has Merit

The U.S. Department of Transportation has agreed that PRBA’s petition for rulemaking on lithium batteries and the Materials of Trade provisions in the U.S. hazardous materials regulations (HMR) merits consideration in a future rulemaking. This means the Agency will consider authorizing larger quantities of lithium batteries to be transported under the Materials of Trade provisions,…
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Washington State Introduces All-Battery Collection/Recycling Legislation

Washington state Representatives Harris-Talley and Berry introduced a comprehensive, all-battery bill HB 1896 that would mandate the collection of rechargeable and primary batteries beginning July 1, 2025. The 30-page bill – applicable to “portable,” “medium format,” and “large format” batteries – includes recycling efficiency rates, retailer obligations, and battery labeling requirements. For more information,…
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Pilots’ Association Files Proposals to Limit State of Charge on Lithium ion Batteries Contained in Equipment and Vehicles When Shipped by Air

In anticipation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel Meeting scheduled for mid-November, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association (IFALPA) has filed five proposals that would establish new state of charge limits  on lithium ion batteries contained in equipment and vehicles when shipped by air.  Generally, the proposed limitations…
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PRBA Backs California Senate Bill Aiming To Reduce Improper Disposal of Lithium Ion Batteries

The Rechargeable Battery Association welcomes California Senate passage of legislation addressing the improper disposal of consumer-type lithium ion batteries. “Collectively, the provisions in this bill will help mitigate safety risks by significantly reducing the number of lithium ion batteries improperly disposed of in trash bins and recycling containers,” said PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner. “We…
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PRBA Supports Legislation Introduced By Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) Provides Funding For Battery Recycling, Decreases U.S. Reliance on Mineral Imports

PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association strongly supports a bipartisan battery recycling bill introduced by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) that would incentivize the recycling of portable batteries and decrease U.S. dependence on critical mineral imports essential to the clean energy economy. “PRBA and its members appreciate Senator King’s efforts to secure federal funding that would…
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PRBA Responds To US DOE Request For Information On Risks In The High-Capacity Batteries Supply Chain

Recommends the U.S. Focus On Three Areas Of Supply Chain Supply And Growth PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has filed comments responding to the U.S. Department of Energy’s request for information on the risks facing the supply chain for high-capacity batteries, including electric vehicle batteries. In its 12-page response, PRBA identified three areas that…
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