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PHMSA publishes three items concerning Lithium Batteries and other materials.

On January 7, 2013, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published three items in the Federal Register related to the transport of lithium batteries and other materials.  The first item was a final rule that amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including recent changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions), and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations (UN Model Regulations).  The second item responds to an administrative appeal of certain amendments to PHMSA’s final rule on harmonization published on January 19, 2011. The third item is a proposed rule seeking additional comment on the impact of changes to the requirements for the air transport of lithium cells and batteries by were adopted into the 2013–2014 ICAO Technical Instructions that was incorporated by reference in PHMSA’s final rule referenced above.

 

Three Federal Register Notices:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-07/pdf/2012-31243.pdf

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-07/pdf/2012-31242.pdf

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-07/pdf/2012-31244.pdf