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05/23/2022

New Lithium Battery Safety Advisory from PHMSA

DOT PHMSA released a Safety Advisory Notice on May 17, 2022 to make stakeholders aware of common compliance errors noted during inspections of facilities that ship lithium cells and batteries. 

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04/25/2022

PHMSA to Host Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

US DOT PHMSA will host a virtual meeting of the Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee on May 4, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM EDT. Anyone interested can access the meeting on PHMSA’s website.

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03/28/2022

Video: Revised Lithium Battery Air Regs In Effect April 1

As of April 1, 2022, lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries or cells shipped separately will no longer be accepted for air transportation when prepared under Section II of the relevant IATA DGR Packing Instruction.   

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03/25/2022

After Fire, Coast Guard Holds 48 Containers for Inspection

In response to an isolated fire involving mis-labeled lithium-ion batteries, the US Coast Guard placed a hold on forty-eight cargo containers to search for additional hazardous materials. 

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03/14/2022

Coast Guard Issues Lithium Battery Safety Alert

Following what the US Coast Guard called a “potentially catastrophic” hazmat fire, the Agency issued a warning for shippers and industry stakeholders about the importance of following lithium battery shipping regulations.

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02/07/2022

DOT and DOE Plan National EV Charging Network

US DOT and the Department of Energy will coordinate distribution of funding to build a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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03/08/2021

Lithium Battery Warning: Loose Cells

Earlier this year, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned consumers not to purchase or use loose 18650 lithium-ion cells.

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07/29/2020

Three Lithium Battery Fires Raise Concerns About Flight Safety

Three recent aircraft fires have raised concerns for regulators and workers alike on the safety of lithium batteries. These incidents underscore the prevalence of lithium battery malfunctions as aviation regulators continue debating how to prevent further harm to customers, airline employees, and cargo.

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02/03/2020

FAA Issues $120K Fine Against Multinational Hazmat Shipping Provider

A household name for shipping services was issued a $120,000 civil penalty by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations. FAA alleges that the shipping company knowingly offered a shipment containing improperly packaged lithium batteries for transportation by air on Nov. 15, 2018.  

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01/28/2020

2020 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Now Available

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released its 2020 Lithium Battery Guidance Document for shippers who offer lithium-ion or lithium-metal batteries for air transport.  

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