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02/12/2016

Congress Considers Lithium Battery Air Ban

A Bill introduced in the US Senate this week, would give the Federal Aviation Administration authority to ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries from being carried as cargo on passenger airlines. If passed, the legislation would: 

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02/09/2016

IATA Expects Lithium Battery Ban to Start April 1

The latest update, posted February 8, reflects a recent ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) recommendation that lithium-ion batteries prepared under Packing Instruction 965 (UN3480) be banned from carriage as cargo on passenger aircraft.

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01/28/2016

ICAO Panel Recommends Ban on Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Aircraft

The Associated Press reports that on Wednesday, January 27, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) air navigation commission officially recommended an outright ban on rechargeable lithium batteries transported as cargo on passenger aircraft.

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01/20/2016

IATA Posts Addendum I to 57th Edition DGR

The 57th edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) has been in effect for hazmat air shippers since January 1, 2016. On January 16, IATA posted its first Addendum to the 57th edition to revise and clarify the DGR manual. The Addendum includes major changes for lithium battery shippers. 

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12/29/2015

Lion News Best of 2015

2015 was a year of major change for EHS professionals, hazmat shippers, environmental engineers, project managers, and all personnel who work to maintain compliance with US and international regulations. These changes included major EPA proposals, updates to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations, new GHS chemical labeling and shipping standards, and revised rules for shipping lithium batteries...

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12/04/2015

Holiday "Hoverboard" Craze Underscores Risks of Lithium Batteries

Consumers who want to take their new balance gliders, or “hoverboards,” aboard an aircraft are experiencing issues flying this holiday season. Hoverboards are scooters that can be operated hands-free, and they are one of many consumer products powered by lithium batteries. 

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11/09/2015

New Lithium Battery Restrictions for Air Shipments

Now that the 25th annual International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal has come to a close, a summary of new restrictions for lithium battery air shipments is available. The new restrictions constitute significant changes for lithium battery manufacturers and shippers and enter into effect April 1, 2016...

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09/14/2015

Significant Changes to the 57th Edition IATA DGR

This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will release the 57th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulation, or DGR.  Mandatory compliance with the new rules starts January 1, 2016...

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08/28/2015

FAA and PHMSA Call Public Meeting on Lithium Battery Safety

In the Federal Register on August 28, 2015, two offices of the US Department of Transportation—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)—called a public meeting to address the unique issues posed by lithium batteries during air transport...

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08/17/2015

What’s Next in Lithium Battery Regulations?

Now that US DOT’s new hazmat shipping regulations for lithium batteries are in full effect, lithium battery manufacturers and shippers look toward an uncertain future. Lithium batteries pose unique hazards in transit, especially by air—if they short circuit during transportation, they can enter what’s called “thermal runaway”—when a battery short-circuits, causing rising temperatures that accelerate the cell’s chemical reaction rate. As the reaction rate increases, more heat is produced, adding to extreme temperatures and leading to fires, venting of gases, and even explosions...

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