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Interpretation Response #06-0210 ([Dufour Petroleum LP] [Mr. Don Ladner])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Dufour Petroleum LP

Individual Name: Mr. Don Ladner

Location State: MS Country: US

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Response text:

Nov 7, 2006

 

Mr. Don Ladner                 Reference No. 06-0210
Safety Supervisor
Dufour Petroleum LP
P.O. Box 1184
Petal, MS 39465

Dear Mr. Ladner:

This is in response to your September 14, 2006 letter requesting clarification of the requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 100-180) applicable to marking requirements for shipments of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). In your letter, you state your company transports odorized and non-odorized LPG in MC 330 and MC 331 cargo tanks, and tank cars. Your questions are paraphrased and addressed as follows:

Q1.      Are we required to mark each of our cargo tanks with the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking by September 30, 2006, or only the cargo tanks transporting non-odorized LPG?

Al.        Section 172.328 requires that, after September 30, 2006, no person may offer for transportation or transport a cargo tank containing unodorized LPG as authorized in § 173.3 15(b)(1) unless it is legibly marked NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED on two opposing sides near the marked proper shipping name as specified in § 172.328(b)(1), or near the placards. This marking requirement is not applicable until you offer for transportation or transport a cargo tank containing unodorized LPG as authorized in § l73.315(b)(1). In addition, this marking requirement does not specifically state that this marking may appear on a cargo tank used for both odorized and non-odorized LPG; however, it is not prohibited under § 172.303. We will clarify this requirement in a future rulemaking.

Q2.      What is the height requirement for the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking on cargo tanks?

A2.      Section 172.302 requires the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking to have a width of at least 6.0 mm (0.24 inch) and a height of at least 100 mm (3.9 inches) for rail cars.

Q3.      Is the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking required to e on two opposing sides of the cargo tank near the proper shipping name, or near the placards?

A3.      See Al.
Q4.      Are we required to mark each of our rail tank cars with the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking by September 30, 2006, or only the tank cars transporting non-odorized LPG?

A4.      Section 172.330 requires that, after September 30, 2006, no person may offer for transportation or transport a tank car or multi-unit tank car tank containing unodorized LPG unless it is legibly marked NON—ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED on two opposing sides near the marked proper shipping name required by paragraphs (a)(l) and (a)(2) of § 172.330, or near the placards. This marking requirement is not applicable until you offer for transportation or transport a tank car or multi-unit tank car tank containing unodorized LPG. In addition, the NON— ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking may appear on a tank car or multi-unit tank car tank used for both unodorized and odorized LPG.

Q5.      What is the height requirement for the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking on rail tank cars?

A5.      Section 172.302 requires that the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking must have a width of at least 6.0 mm (0.24 inch) and a height of at least 100 mm (3.9 inches) for rail cars.

Q6.      Is the NON-ODORIZED or NOT ODORIZED marking required to be on two opposing sides of a rail tank car near the proper shipping name, or near the placards?

A6.      SeeA4.

I trust this satisfies your inquiry.

Sincerely,

 

John A. Gale
Chief, Standards Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

172.328 (b), 172.315

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.315 Limited quantities
172.328 Cargo tanks