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NY Proposed Change to Mobility Device Law Clarifies Authorized Testing Labs

New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection issued on September 15, 2023 a Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules on Local Law 39. The Law mandates that mobility devices be certified to specific UL safety standards and went into effect on September 17, 2023. The proposal…
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PRBA Testifies and Files Comments on CPSC Lithium ion Battery

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held a public forum on lithium ion battery regulations and micromobility safety on July 27, 2023. The primary focus of the forum was to consider whether the Agency should propose through a rulemaking process a mandatory safety standard for lithium ion battery-powered micromobility devices. Based on…
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PRBA Legislative Committee Meets to Address New York Legislation on Lithium ion Battery Safety Standards, Amendments to New York EPR Rechargeable Battery Law

The PRBA Legislative Committee met on May 19, 2023 to discuss the potential implications of the following New York State Senate bills that were introduced earlier this year: SB 154. The bill would require certain micromobility devices be tested to UL safety standards by nationally recognized testing laboratories (NRTLs). While the original bill was amended…
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PRBA Environmental Committee to Meet to Discuss Recently Issued EPA FAQ and Memorandum on Lithium ion Batteries and Hazardous Waste Regulations

The United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on June 1, 2023 a 12-page memorandum containing 19 frequently asked questions (FAQ) on lithium ion battery recycling and the applicability of the Agency’s hazardous waste regulations (RCRA) to lithium ion batteries.  The document is at least the second “informal” statement by EPA in recent years…
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Washington Passes All-Battery EPR Legislation

The State of Washington is the latest jurisdiction to pass portable all-battery EPR legislation that will mandate the collection and recycling primary and rechargeable batteries starting in 2027. California passed similar legislation in 2022 and Washington, DC passed legislation in 2020. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law SB 5144
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IATA Files Proposal with ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel to Limit Lithium ion Battery Capacity in Electric Vehicles Shipped by Air

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has filed a proposal with the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel that would require vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries and shipped by air to have the battery “discharged as far as practicable, and where charge remains, the indicated range or indicated battery capacity must not…
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Amendment to International Dangerous Goods Transport Regulations Authorize “Baggage Trackers” Powered by Lithium Batteries

A recently issued amendment to the 2023 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (2023-2024 Edition) authorizes the carriage of lithium battery-powered active baggage trackers in passengers’ checked baggage. The amendment places the following size limits on the lithium batteries: For lithium metal batteries, a…
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NBC Report on Lithium-ion Battery Fires

NBC News aired a report on lithium ion batteries on February 7, 2023 that identified the fire risks associated with certain lithium ion battery designs and applications and the challenges facing emergency responders in these situations. The report is available here. PRBA and its members are actively working on numerous lithium ion battery safety…
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CPSC Issues Letter on Safety Standards to Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, and Retailers of Micromobility Devices

On December 20, 2022, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, and Retailers of Micromobility Devices for Consumer Use” on the need to ensure the devices are tested to certain safety standards. The letter was signed by Robert Kaye, Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations,…
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