Transportation Brief: PHMSA Fails to Act on “Harmonization” Rulemaking
January 27, 2020
Transportation providers are closely watching the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) “harmonization” rulemaking, which aims to bring U.S. rules regarding the transportation of hazardous materials into compliance with international standards. Among other things, the rulemaking would require manufacturers and “subsequent distributors” of lithium batteries to generate and make available a Lithium Battery Test Summary (LBTS) that includes certain information and confirms a lithium battery is safe to ship. The LBTS is already a part of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standards for air transportation. In late 2018, PHMSA proposed that the LBTS would go into effect for domestic shipping on January 1, 2020. That date has come and gone without the agency issuing a final rule. Scopelitis is monitoring the rulemaking and will update clients of new developments.
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