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04/28/2017

Report: Train Car Hauling Lithium Batteries Explodes Near Houston

An intermodal container traveling by rail and reportedly carrying recycled lithium batteries caught fire and exploded outside of downtown Houston last week.  

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02/24/2017

USPS Proposes New Rules for Mailing Lithium Batteries

In the Federal Register on February 23, the US Postal Service announced it will revise Publication 52—the USPS guide for mailing hazardous, restricted, and perishable goods—to provide new mailing standards for lithium batteries. 

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01/25/2017

Executive Memoranda Put Freeze on New Regulations

This week, the office of the President issued two executive memoranda that impact the actions of regulatory agencies like US EPA, DOT, OSHA, and others.   

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01/25/2017

Updated: DOT Withdraws 2017 Lithium Battery Updates for Now

URGENT: PHMSA has withdrawn its HM 215N Final Rule after the Agency last week announced it as Final and effective as of January 18, 2017.

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01/25/2017

Urgent: PHMSA Withdraws HM 215N Hazmat Harmonization Rule

URGENT: PHMSA has withdrawn its HM 215N Final Rule after the Agency last week announced it as Final, in response to an executive memorandum from the President.

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01/12/2017

FAA Amends Samsung Galaxy Emergency Restriction Prohibition Order

The US DOT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today amended its Emergency Restriction Prohibition Order (FAA—2016-9288) for users and carriers of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone. 

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12/16/2016

New IATA Lithium Battery Guidance for 2017

On December 15, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a new 2017 Lithium Battery Guidance Document to help lithium shippers prepare compliant packages.

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12/11/2016

VIDEO: New FedEx and UPS Lithium Battery Air Rules

The rules for shipping lithium batteries continue to change. Now air carriers FedEx and UPS are getting in on the action.

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12/06/2016

Live Training to Ship Lithium Batteries in 2017

As of January 1, 2017, UPS and FedEx will no longer accept stand-alone lithium ion or lithium metal batteries (UN 3480 and 3090) prepared in accordance with Section II of the applicable IATA Packing Instruction for air transport.

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11/28/2016

DOT PHMSA Readies New Lithium Battery Air Rules

In a report of significant hazmat rulemakings currently in the works, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) lists a rule that would make major changes to the 49 CFR hazmat rules for lithium battery air shippers. 

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