Hazardous Materials; Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee Nominations

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21411-21412]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-09878]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
[Docket No. PHMSA-2019-0098; Notice No. 2019-05]
Hazardous Materials; Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee
Nominations
AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA),
Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION: Request for Member Nominations for the Lithium Battery Safety
Advisory Committee.
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SUMMARY: PHMSA is seeking nominations for individuals to serve as
members on the Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee (the
Committee). This is a safety advisory committee mandated by section
333(d) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and established in
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972. The
committee will facilitate communication among manufacturers of lithium
ion and lithium metal cells and batteries, manufacturers of products
incorporating both large and small lithium ion and lithium metal
batteries, air carriers, and the Federal Government. This communication
will promote the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal
cells and batteries and improve the effectiveness and economic and
social impacts of related regulation. No later than 180 days after the
establishment of the Committee, the Committee shall submit to the
Secretary and the appropriate committees of Congress a report that
describes and evaluates the steps being taken in the private sector and
by international regulatory authorities to implement and enforce
requirements relating to the safe transportation of bulk shipments of
lithium ion cells and batteries. The Committee will also identify any
areas of regulatory requirements for which there is consensus that
greater attention is needed.
DATES: Nominations must be received on or before June 4, 2019.
ADDRESSES: All nomination material should be emailed to the Advisory
Committee's Program Manager, Lindsey Constantino, at
[email protected] or mailed to the Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, PHH-4, E23-
442, Washington, DC 20590, to the attention of Lindsey Constantino,
Advisory Committee Program Manager, PHH-4.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsey Constantino, International
Transportation Specialist (PHH-4), U.S. Department of Transportation,
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey
Avenue SE., East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001,
Telephone 202-366-0665, [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Advisory Committee Background
    The Committee is a statutorily mandated advisory committee that
provides a mechanism for:
    (a) Facilitating communication among manufacturers of lithium ion
and lithium metal cells and batteries, manufacturers of products
incorporating both large and small lithium ion and lithium metal
batteries, air carriers, and the Federal Government, regarding the safe
transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries and
the effectiveness and economic and social impacts of the regulation of
such transportation.
    (b) Providing the Secretary, the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), and PHMSA with timely information about new lithium ion and
metal battery technology and transportation safety practices and
methodologies.
    (c) Providing a forum for the Secretary to distribute information
on this topic, as well as engage Committee members in discussions
concerning the related activities of the Department of Transportation.
    A complete list of duties for the Committee is outlined in section
333(d)(2) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. This committee is
established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5
U.S.C. App. 2.
II. Membership
    The Committee will consist of representatives from:
    (a) Large volume manufacturers of lithium ion and lithium metal
cells and batteries;
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    (b) domestic manufacturers of lithium ion and lithium metal
batteries or battery packs;
    (c) manufacturers of consumer products powered by lithium ion and
lithium metal batteries;
    (d) manufacturers of vehicles powered by lithium ion and lithium
metal batteries;
    (e) marketers of products powered by lithium ion and lithium metal
batteries;
    (f) cargo air service providers based in the United States;
    (g) passenger air service providers based in the United States;
    (h) pilots and employees of air service providers described in
bullets (f) and (g);
    (i) shippers of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries for air
transportation;
    (j) manufacturers of battery-powered medical devices or batteries
used in medical devices;
    (k) employees of the Department of Transportation, including
employees of FAA and PHMSA;
    (l) representatives of such other Government departments and
agencies as the Secretary determines appropriate; and
    (m) any other individuals the Secretary determines are appropriate
to comply with Federal law.
III. Terms of Participation
     All Group members must be able to attend a minimum of two
meetings each year in Washington, DC, and other designated locations,
or by teleconference.
     Members serve without compensation, although travel
expenses, including per diem, may be eligible for reimbursement
consideration based on budget availability.
     A member appointed for his or her individual views or
advice must be appointed as a Special Government Employee (SGE). Other
members will serve as Representatives or Regular Government Employees.
SGEs are subject to certain Federal conflict of interest laws.
IV. Nomination Procedures
    The PHMSA Administrator, on behalf of the Secretary, is seeking
individual nominations for committee members, preferably executive
level leadership, with diverse experiences and expertise in research
and development; academia; human factors; lithium battery
manufacturing; lithium battery testing; packaging manufacture and
testing; air cargo safety; risk management; or other related experience
in manufacturing or transporting lithium batteries by air. Any
interested person may nominate one or more qualified individuals for
membership on the Committee. Self-nominations are also accepted.
     Nominations must include a current, complete resume
including business and home address, telephone number, email address,
education, relevant professional or business experience, present
occupation, and membership status in other working groups or advisory
committees, past or present.
     Nominations must include a short biography identifying
each nominee's qualifications and expertise.
     Nominations must include an indication of the category the
individual nominated most identifies with, based on the list provided
in paragraph II Membership. If an individual preforms functions in
multiple categories, please choose the most relevant category.
     Nominations should highlight relevant experience on panels
that have dealt with transportation safety, lithium battery safety, air
transportation safety, or detail the nominee's interest in the subject
matter that will be considered by the committee.
     Nominations must acknowledge that the nominee is aware of
the nomination unless self-nominated.
    Signed in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2019.
William S. Schoonover,
Associate Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-09878 Filed 5-13-19; 8:45 am]
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