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PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association Endorses Transportation Department’s Announcement of Regulatory Review

DOT Action Follows PRBA Letter to Secretary LaHood on Lithium Battery Rule

WASHINGTON Feb. 18, 2011 Feb. 9, 2011 Ray LaHood

George Kerchner

DOT announced its action in a Federal Register notice stating the Department was acting to conform to the president’s recent Executive Order 13563, which requires federal agencies to re-examine their rulemakings to determine their continued validity. DOT said the review and public input will help the Department decide which regulations may be "outmoded, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome."  

January 11, 2010

"Unfortunately, PHMSA’s proposed lithium battery rule fails to meet any of these requirements," the letter said. "But there is still time for PHMSA to correct its deficiencies and come into compliance with the new Executive Order," PRBA added.

In light of President Obama’s Executive Order, Secretary LaHood should direct PHMSA "to fundamentally revisit its proposed lithium battery rule," PRBA’s letter stated. PRBA urged PHMSA to issue a final rule that would promote safety and minimize unnecessary costs by harmonizing U.S. hazardous materials rules with the more stringent international dangerous goods regulations.

PHMSA’s rule proposed new shipping and handling requirements for the air transportation of lithium batteries and products containing these batteries. In its letter to Secretary LaHood, PRBA listed numerous deficiencies found in the PHMSA proposal. For example, PHMSA rejected all industry requests to extend the comment period for the proposed rule and limited industry input and technical discussions. Moreover, the rule is neither simplified nor science-driven, PRBA’s letter stated.

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