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Interpretation Response #08-0240 ([Association of American Railroads] [Mr. Robert E. Fronczak])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Association of American Railroads

Individual Name: Mr. Robert E. Fronczak

Location State: DC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

November 25, 2008

Mr. Robert E. Fronczak

Assistant Vice President Environment & Hazmat

Association of American Railroads

50 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Ref. No. 08-0240

Dear Mr. Fronczak:

This responds to your September 26, 2008 letter requesting clarification of the emergency response information requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Specifically, you ask whether evacuation statements are a necessary part of the emergency response information required by § 172.602(a).

In accordance with § 172.602(a), "emergency response information" is information that can be used to mitigate a transportation accident involving hazardous materials. The information must include immediate precautions to be taken in the event of an accident or incident (§ 172.602(a)(4)). Depending on the hazard characteristics and quantity of the material being shipped, such immediate precautions could include evacuation of the area surrounding the accident scene. If so, the emergency response information must include information to assist first responders to take the actions necessary to evacuate the scene, including appropriate evacuation distances.

I hope this information is helpful. Please contact us if you require additional assistance.


Susan Gorsky

Acting Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.602 Emergency response information