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10/23/2018

2019 Preview: DOT Hazmat Regulations to Watch

The semi-annual Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2018 is out now. This Agenda provides insight into what kind of rulemakings major Federal agencies—including US DOT, FAA, EPA, and OSHA—have planned for the next six months.

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07/19/2018

Undeclared Lithium Batteries Result in $160,500 FAA Hazmat Fine

US FAA issued a six-figure fine for a Hong Kong company that allegedly shipped lithium batteries, undeclared, by air. Besides failing to properly classify, name, package, mark, label or document the shipment, the company also did not provide requried hazmat training for employees, according to FAA. 

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05/21/2018

4 New Hazmat Rules to Watch for in 2018-19

On May 10, 2018, PHMSA, along with other Federal Agencies, published its Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2018. That Agenda lists a handful of new rules pertaining to hazardous materials transportation safety, which PHMSA plans to promulgate in the second half of the year.  

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04/13/2018

IATA Updates Lithium Battery Guidance for Passengers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released updated guidance this week for airline passengers who carry lithium battery-powered devices or spare lithium batteries aboard aircraft.  

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03/13/2018

Power Banks Recalled Due to Lithium Battery Incidents

Citing fifty-three reports of overheating lithium batteries, one report of chemical burns, and four reports of property damage, Amazon has announced a recall of six AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers.  

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03/05/2018

Caught on Tape: Two Lithium Battery Fires in 2018

WATCH: Two lithium battery fires have been caught on camera recently, as aviation regulators continue to work to prevent these incidents with guidance and regulatory requirements for passengers, crew, and shippers alike.   

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01/02/2018

DOT Hazmat Rules Planned for 2018

US DOT and US EPA last week released semiannual Agendas of rulemaking activities, many of which could impact hazardous materials professionals in 2018. Today, let’s review those new or changing restrictions and requirements that are most likely to hit the books as Final Rules this year.   

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12/11/2017

Lithium Battery Shipper to Pay $1.1M for Alleged Hazmat Violations

For allegedly shipping 24-volt lithium-ion batteries that did not conform to UN test standards or US Hazardous Materials Regulations requirements, a Florida lithium battery manufacturer now faces a $1,100,000 fine from US FAA.   

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12/04/2017

Airlines Crack Down on Lithium Battery Powered Luggage

Frequent flyers take note! Delta and American Airlines made announcements last week that you should be aware of. These airlines will no longer allow passengers to check “smart baggage” with non-removable lithium batteries. Lithium batteries pose unique fire hazards in transport—as dangerous goods professionals know all too well.   

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11/20/2017

7 Hoverboard Brands Issue Recalls Over Lithium Batteries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of 7 brands of lithium-ion battery powered “hoverboards” or self-balancing scooters this week. The recall impacts about 15,000 hoverboards, which CPSC says can pose a smoke, fire, or explosion hazard due to the potential for lithium-ion battery packs in the devices to overheat. 

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