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PRBA Issues a Statement on Federal Aviation Administration's Alert on Lithium Batteries

Mon, 10/11/2010 - 10:14am
WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PRBA is encouraged by two FAA recommendations on lithium batteries that are consistent with PRBA's long-standing positions, specifically our support for international regulations and increased FAA enforcement.

The FAA's recommended practice to "identify bulk shipments of currently excepted lithium batteries by information on airway bills and other documents provided by shippers" already is required by the international dangerous goods regulations, which PRBA fully supports.

In addition, FAA's recommendation that operators "Pay special attention to ensuring... compliance with existing regulations" is consistent with PRBA's position that increased FAA enforcement ensuring that shippers fully comply with the regulations will best improve transport safety. -- PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner.

The members of PRBA power the consumer electronics revolution. We deliver a safe, efficient, and essential power source for portable electronic equipment such notebook computers, cell phones, power tools, PDAs, and MP3 players as well as hybrid and electric vehicles. PRBA members produce approximately 70% of the world's lithium-ion cells and account for billions of dollars in annual worldwide sales. With more than 70 members, PRBA is widely recognized as the nation's authoritative source for information on rechargeable batteries. Visit PRBA online at http://www.prba.org/.

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