The United States Postal Service (USPS) published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2017, a Notice of Prospective Revision (NPR) to the agency’s lithium battery mailing standards. (34 Fed. Reg. 11,373.) The proposed revisions to Publication 52 – Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail of the USPS Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) are intended to reflect recent and anticipated changes to the lithium battery provisions in the U.S. hazardous materials regulations and International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions.
In a letter sent on February 3rd to incoming Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, 22 corporations and trade associations sought “the earliest possible approval” of a final rule that would address hazmat transport safety issues by harmonizing the U.S. hazardous materials regulations with international dangerous goods standards that took effect on January 1, 2017.