PRBA has been working with legislators and NGOs in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, California, and Washington on extended producer responsibility (EPR) battery legislation, and lithium ion battery safety legislation that focuses on powered bicycles and powered mobility devices. This wave of legislative activity on EPR battery legislation was expected in light of California and Washington having passed EPR battery laws in 2022 and 2023 and the Biden Administration’s efforts both to support the development of the lithium ion battery recycling industry in the U.S. and to secure the supply of critical minerals used in the production of lithium ion batteries. The lithium ion battery safety legislation also was anticipated due to the extensive reports of fires associated with powered bicycles and powered mobility devices and New York City’s adoption of laws mandating such products and their batteries be tested to several UL standards.
The PRBA Legislative Committee met on December 13, 2023 to consider the implications of all the legislative activity on PRBA members and what amendments to the legislation PRBA should be advocating. For more information on these legislative developments, please contact PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner.