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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE44 Publication ID: Fall 2014 
Title: +Hazardous Materials: Transportation of Lithium Batteries 

This rulemaking amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations to comprehensively address the safe transportation of lithium cells and batteries. The rulemaking strengthened the 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 responded 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: Completed Actions 
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
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   
Notice Comment Period End  05/11/2012 
NPRM; Request for Additional Comments  01/07/2013  78 FR 1119   
Additional Comments Period End  03/08/2013 
Final Rule  08/06/2014  79 FR 46011   
Final Rule Effective  08/06/2014 
Additional Information: PHMSA-2009-0095; HM-224F; SB - Y, IC - N, SLT - N; PHMSA estimated that the costs of this rule would total $12.1 million over the next 10 years when applying a 3 percent discount rate, and $10.8 million when applying a 7 percent rate. PHMSA also developed high and low cost estimates to incorporate uncertainty in quantifying costs--at a 7 percent discount rate the low estimate of costs is $7.4 million and the high estimate is $15.0 million. These figures acknowledge that the HMR already authorize the use of the ICAO Technical Instructions and the IMDG Code for most lithium battery shipments.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
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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