Safe Battery/Products Transportation Coalition Supports Section 609 in H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act

07.06.17

The House Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committees passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 5 years  on June 29. Both bills contain provisions addressing the safe transport of lithium batteries. Although both bills are expected to be approved by the full House and Senate, some significant differences between the two remain and will need to be resolved in a conference committee.

The Safe Battery/Products Transportation Coalition, of which MITA and NEMA are both members, opposed an amendment in the House committee markup to strip Section 828 of the 2012 law, which drives U.S. harmonization with international model regulations. Both NEMA and MITA opposed the amendment and signed a Coalition letter in support of Section 609 of the House Chairman’s Draft . The amendment was defeated 23-33.

In Section 609, the House bill’s provisions direct the DOT to issue limited exceptions to allow shipment on passenger aircraft of lithium batteries for medical applications. The lithium battery provisions in the Senate bill addresses medical device battery shipments, retaining the application process for special permits to ship batteries on passenger aircraft.

 

Click here to view the Coalition Letter .