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Interpretation Response #14-0087

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Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date: 07-23-2014
Company Name: Midwest Meter, Inc.    Individual Name: Mr. Marcus Kofoot
Location state: IN    Country: US

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Response text:

July 23, 2014

Mr. Marcus Kofoot
Midwest Meter, Inc.
P.O. Box 376
Hampton, IA 50441

Ref No.: 14-0087

Dear Mr. Kofoot:

This is a response to your April 25, 2014 email requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) with regard to placard specifications.  Specifically, you request clarification on whether a placard may have a white ½ inch border instead of a solid line inner border.

In your email you provide examples of your placard design.  Provided the placard, including the dimensions of the inner and outer borders conforms to the specifications in § 172.519(c), a white inner border is acceptable.  In the example you provide, the inner border is a solid line.  As stated in § 172.519(d)(4), the placard color must extend to the inner border and may extend to the edge of the placard in the area designated on each placard except the color on the CORROSIVE and RADIOACTIVE placards (black and yellow, respectively) must extend only to the inner border.

I hope this information is helpful.  If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact this office.


Robert Benedict
Chief, Standards Development
Standards and Rulemaking Division

172.519(c), 172.519(d)(4)

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
§ 172.519 General specifications for placards