PRBA News

PRBA to Form New TSCA Battery Policy Committee In Response to Biden Administration & EPA Battery and Electric Vehicle Initiatives

President Biden recently announced new policies to pave the way for effective implementation of the historic energy and infrastructure provisions in Public Law 117-169, commonly referred to as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Act”). This new law will accelerate United States global leadership in clean energy innovation, manufacturing, and deployment.  The Environmental Protection Agency…
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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.

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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