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Interpretation Response #08-0169 ([Berger Brothers, Inc.] [Mr. Kurt Knaack])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Berger Brothers, Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Kurt Knaack

Location State: IL Country: US

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Response text:

October 23, 2008

Mr. Kurt Knaack


Berger Brothers, Inc.

1176 N. Cherry Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622

Ref. No.: 08-0169

Dear Mr. Knaack:

This responds to your letter regarding the applicability of training requirements of Subpart H of Part 172 of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) to shipments of charcoal reclassed as Consumer commodity, ORM-D.

According to your letter, Berger Brothers, Inc., a distributor of charcoal, received a Notice of Probable Violation for failure to meet the training requirements in Subpart H of Part 172 of the HMR. You state that your company receives the charcoal already packaged and the product is stored in your warehouse and distributed to various stores and industrial companies. Your supplier advised you that based on test results conducted in 2006, charcoal is not regulated as a hazardous material. You ask if your supplier is correct that charcoal is not regulated as a hazardous material.

Provided the tests conducted in 2006 indicate or prove that your supplier"s product (charcoal) is not a hazardous material in accordance with any of the classification criteria (e.g., for Class 4) in the HMR, it is not subject to the requirements of HMR and not regulated for purposes of transportation in commerce. If this is the situation, the charcoal should not be described as a Consumer commodity, ORM-D. Therefore, a shipper would not be required to comply with the training provisions contained in Subpart H of Part 172.

I hope this information is helpful. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us on (202) 366-8553.


Susan Gorsky

Acting Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

172.600, 173.151(c)

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.600 Applicability and general requirements
173.151 Exceptions for Class 4