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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF20 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: +Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft 
Abstract: This action would amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to incorporate three amendments that impact the transport regulations for packaged lithium cells and batteries (i.e. not packed with or contained in equipment). These amendments would: (1) prohibit the transport of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo aboard passenger carrying aircraft; (2) limit lithium ion cells and batteries to a 30 percent state of charge; and (3) limit the number of packages that may be offered under current provisions for small (excepted) cells and batteries to not more than one package per consignment. We anticipate these amendments will result in temporary supply chain disruptions but will produce immediate safety benefits by eliminating vulnerability in the existing transport regulations. 
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 172    49 CFR 173   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44701    49 U.S.C. 5103(b)    49 U.S.C. 5120(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/00/2016 
Additional Information: HM-224I;
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  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: No 
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