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Interpretation Response #11-0213 ([AT&T] [Mr. Jim La Port])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: AT&T

Individual Name: Mr. Jim La Port

Location State: MI Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

October 18, 2011




Mr. Jim La Port


1670 Axtell

Troy, MI 48084

Ref. No.: 11-0213

Dear Mr. La Port:

This responds to your September 1, 2011 request for clarification on the shipment of electric storage batteries under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Specifically you ask if electric storage batteries that also meet the definition of a hazardous substance (e.g. sulfuric acid) may continue to utilize the exception in § 173.159(e) without regard to the additional requirements applicable to hazardous substances provided the batteries otherwise conform to the requirements in § 173.159(e)(1) " (e)(4).

The answer is yes. When transported by highway or rail, electric storage batteries containing electrolyte or corrosive battery fluid are not subject to any other requirements of the HMR, if all of the requirements of § 173.159(e)(1) through (e)(4) are met.

I hope this answers your inquiry. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Standards and Rulemaking Division at (202) 366-8553.


Ben Supko

Acting Chief, Standards Development

Standards and Rulemaking Division


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.159 Batteries, wet