Today the Federal Register included an update from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).  They have incorporated the Interim Final Rule (IFR) into the 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) under this Final Rule (FR) with a few small changes based on people’s comments, including some Jason Kob submitted on behalf of Infotrac.

This final rule revises the Hazardous Materials Regulations for lithium cells and batteries transported by aircraft and is consistent with the previously published Interim Final Rule, which responded to congressional mandates; prohibited the transport of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft; required lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft when not packed with or contained in equipment; and limited the use of alternative provisions for smaller lithium cell or battery shipments to one package per consignment. In response to comments, this final rule provides editorial amendments and modification of certain provisions including marking requirements, requests for an extension on the compliance date, and exception for lithium cells or batteries used for medical devices with approval by the Associate Administrator.

PHMSA Federal Register Text

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