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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE44 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: +Hazardous Materials: Revisions to Requirements for the Transportation of Lithium Batteries 
Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to comprehensively address the safe transportation of lithium cells and batteries. The intent of the rulemaking is to strengthen the current regulatory framework by imposing more effective safeguards, including design testing to address risks related to internal short circuits, and enhanced packaging, hazard communication, and operational measures for various types and sizes of lithium batteries in specific transportation contexts. The rulemaking would respond to several recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 171    49 CFR 172    49 CFR 173    49 CFR 175   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5101 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/11/2010  75 FR 1302   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/12/2010 
Notice  04/11/2012  77 FR 21714   
Comment Period End  05/11/2012 
NPRM; Request for Additional Comments  01/07/2013  78 FR 1119   
Comment Period End  03/08/2013 
Final Rule  05/00/2014 
Additional Information: HM-224F
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Kevin Leary
Transportation Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202-366-8553
Email: kevin.leary@dot.gov