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Interpretation Response #11-0145 ([Riceland Foods, Inc.] [Mr. Neil Washburn])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Riceland Foods, Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Neil Washburn

Location State: KY Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

August 31, 2011



Mr. Neil Washburn

Riceland Foods, Inc.

709 East 22nd Street

Stuttgart, AR 72160

Ref. No. 11-0188

Dear Mr. Washburn:

This responds to your August 11, 2011 request for clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). In your letter, you describe a material that is a mixture of soybean oil and diatomaceous earth that is classed and described as "UN3088, Self-heating solid, organic, n.o.s., 4.2, PG II." Specifically, you ask if the material in question may be transported in closed, sift-proof, bulk bins in accordance with the packaging authorization of § 173.240.

The answer is yes. The bulk packaging section referenced in column 8 of the table in § 172.101 for "UN3088, Self-heating solid, organic, n.o.s., 4.2, PGII" is § 173.241, although § 172.101(i)(4) permits the use of packagings authorized for solids in § 173.240 when the material is in the solid form. Section 173.240(c) authorizes the use of sift-proof closed bulk bins.

I hope this answers your inquiry. If you need additional assistance, please contact this office at (202) 366-8553.


Ben Supko

Acting Chief, Standards Development

Standards and Rulemaking Division

173.2a, 173.140

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.2a Classification of a material having more than one hazard