Portable Power Activities Karen Hall, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)'s Portable Power Working Group (PPWG) has been extremely active. The full working group meets monthly, and the Transportation Regulations Task Force meets 2-3 times each month.
The Working Group reviews and provides input into timely regulatory activities that impact transportation of portable and micro fuel cells and fuel cartridges.
A key area of focus has been to support activities that harmonize national regulations with approved international standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has an active Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods-Model Regulations.
Docket Nos. PHMSA-2012-0027 (HM-215L), Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards (RRR) will be reviewed and discussed by the FCHEA PPWG Transportation Regulations Task Force at their next meeting on Wednesday, October 3. Comments must be received by October 15, 2012. All FCHEA members are welcome to participate. Past meeting minutes and webinar joining instructions are available on the Members Only area of the FCHEA website.