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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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07/07/2020

Spring 2020 Regulatory Agenda Published

The Spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions was released just before the July 4th holiday. 

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05/11/2020

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA HM 215-O Hazmat Harmonization Rule

On May 11, US DOT PHMSA finalized a long-delayed rulemaking (HM 215-O) to harmonize the 49 CFR regulations with evolving international standards.

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03/30/2020

Is This Lithium Battery Marking Compliant or Not?

Wait, is that compliant?” That's what I thought when a computer showed up on my doorstep bearing an unorthodox lithium battery marking. The answer, I learned, has important implications for dangerous goods professionals and all business leaders. 

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12/17/2019

Industry Leads Charge Against Rogue Lithium Battery Shippers

Together with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and other industry groups, IATA has renewed its call for governments to “crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labeled and non-compliant shipments.”

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11/05/2019

DOT Names Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee

US DOT has announced a new 20-member safety committee to provide advice and recommendations to improve the safe air transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries.

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10/11/2019

Lithium-Ion Battery Creators Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Although the lithium-ion battery is just about 30 years old, it has “created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society, and so brought the greatest benefit to humankind,” according to the Nobel committee. For these reasons, the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to the creators of the lithium-ion battery.  

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09/17/2019

How to Ship Recalled or Damaged Lithium Batteries

Any business that sells lithium battery powered equipment should be ready for the possibility that customers may return devices with damaged batteries or bring back their recalled items for a replacement.

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07/22/2019

What's In the New Lithium Battery Test Summary Document?

Starting January 1, 2020, manufacturers and distributors of lithium cells and batteries (and equipment powered by lithium cells or batteries) must make available a lithium battery testing summary that provides critical safety information about their batteries to downstream shippers and consumers.

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05/28/2019

Spring 2019 Unified Agenda: Hazmat Rules to Watch

Just before Memorial Day weekend, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Updated twice per year, the Unified Agenda gives industry stakeholders and the public a view into rulemaking activities in progress at major Federal agencies.

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