Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received a draft of a final rule on the transportation of lithium batteries from the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA). This proposed regulation has been very controversial and has undergone a larger number of revisions than normal for most new regulations.
Because of the continuing controversy surrounding the transportation lithium batteries by air, the approval process in OMB may take longer than normal.
UPDATE: 6:45 am EST - OOOPS. The final rule submitted to OIRA was withdrawn the same day. Back to the drawing board.