PHMSA has published its final rule on docket HM-224F which makes changes to the HMR regarding the transportation of lithium batteries. The ruling revises the hazard communication and packaging provisions and harmonises the Hazardous Materials Regulations with the UN Model Regulations, ICAO Technical Instructions and IMDG Code. The changes that were made have been based on proposals contained in an NPRM issued in January 2010 and incorporates subsequent changes to the international provisions. The final rule will take effect six months after it is published in the Federal Register.
PHMSA-2009-0095 (HM-224F); Transportation of Lithium Batteries, NPRM