Manufacturers appreciate the balanced approach to lithium battery transportation by air as outlined in Section 615 of the H.R. 4441, the Aviation, Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, introduced by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) last week. The provision will ensure the continued harmonization of lithium battery regulations with international standards and implement a balanced approach that assures safety while protecting commerce and vital supply chains. In addition to building off current law as outlined in Section 828 of the bipartisan FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, the new provision includes stepped up enforcement and education efforts as well as the establishment of a Federal Advisory Committee to help ensure proper information sharing and best practices for safe lithium battery shipments.
The NAM joined a broad coalition of interests and communicated strong support of the AIRR Act’s lithium battery provision in a letter today to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman and the Aviation Subcommittee Chairman. The NAM also hosted a panel of experts on the Hill from across the manufacturing supply chain for a Shopfloor event that focused on the need to maintain consistent globally harmonized standards for shipments of these batteries and products containing them. Read More