Friday, July 18, 2014

OMB Approves PHMSA Lithium Battery Rule

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved a final rule submitted by DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration concerning the regulation of shipments of lithium batteries.

This has been a very controversial rulemaking as can be seen by the number of meetings (including the latest meeting in May) that OIRA has had with a variety of shippers, manufacturers and advocacy groups since the NPRM was published in 2010.

The OIRA announcement indicated that their approval was ‘consistent with change’ so there could be a slight delay in the issuance of the final rule, but I expect that it will happen sometime next week.

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