PRBA News

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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PHMSA Issues Updated UN38.3 Test Summary Guidance Document

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued its updated guidance document on the UN38.3 Lithium Battery Test Summary (TS) requirements to assist manufacturers and distributors of lithium batteries and products powered by them with understanding and implementing the TS requirement.  PHMSA adopted this requirement as part of its HM-215O…
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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, contact…
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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 would require lithium…
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EPA to Host Stakeholder Workshop to Address Fires from End-of-Life Management of Lithium-ion Batteries

On October 5, 2021, US EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery will hold a multi-stakeholder workshop to address fires from end-of-life management of lithium-ion batteries. The workshop will connect EPA with stakeholders from throughout the lithium-ion battery lifecycle to discuss solutions to this critical end-of-life issue. The workshop will take place at the US…
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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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11th Annual Battery Safety Summit – June 29-30, 2021

Cambridge EnerTech is pleased to announce our summer Battery Safety Summit virtual event which provides you with learning and networking opportunities from the safety of your own home or office.  We invite the battery safety community to join us for the 2-day summit heavily focused on battery diagnostics and modeling.  You will hear from leading…
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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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PRBA Seeks Relief from U.S. Transport Regulations for Companies Transporting Lithium Batteries as Part of Normal Business Operation

PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking regulatory relief for companies that transport lithium batteries in direct support of their principal businesses pursuant to the “Materials of Trade” (MoT) exceptions found in the U.S. hazardous materials regulations. PRBA’s petition is one of…
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