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Interpretation Response #00-0308 ([US Environmental Protection Agency] [Mr. David Friedman])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: US Environmental Protection Agency

Individual Name: Mr. David Friedman

Location State: DC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

December 4, 2000

Mr. David Friedman                 Reference No. 00-0308
US Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Washington DC 20460

Dear Mr. Friedman:

This is in response to your letter dated August 22, 2000 regarding the shipment of environmental samples.  Specifically, you ask if a inside receptacle of a combination packaging that does not meet the outage requirements of 49 CFR 173.24a(d) may be placed inside a secondary packaging capable of containing all of the liquid in the primary receptacle.

Section 173.24a(d) states that liquids may not completely fill a receptacle at a temperature of 55 C (131 F) or less.  It is die opinion of this office that hazardous material may be placed in an inside container of a combination packaging that does not itself meet the outage requirements of § 173.24a(d) provided that the inner packaging is placed within a secondary inside packaging which does meet the outage requirements and other applicable packaging requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180).

I hope this satisfies your request.


Thomas G. Allan
Senior Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.101 Purpose and use of hazardous materials table