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Interpretation Response #98-0014 ([DRMO-Luke] [Mr. Eddie Ellis])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: DRMO-Luke

Individual Name: Mr. Eddie Ellis

Location State: AZ Country: US

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Response text:

MAY 6, 1998

Mr. Eddie Ellis                           Ref. No. 98-0014
Environmental Protection Specialist
7011 N. EI Mirage Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85307-2503

Dear Mr. Ellis:

This is in response to your letter of March 10, 1998, concerning the use of abbreviations as technical names under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR; Parts 171-185). Specifically, you asked if the abbreviation "MEK" may be used as a technical name for a hazardous material.

The abbreviation "MEK" may be used as a technical name for the chemical methyl ethyl ketone to meet the requirements of § 172.203(k). The definition in § 171.8 of "technical name" means a recognized chemical name or microbiological name currently used in scientific and technical handbooks, journals and texts. This abbreviation, however, may not be used as a proper shipping name as it does not appear specifically listed in the Hazardous Materials Table in § 172.101.

I hope this answers your question. If we can be of further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.


Delmer F. Billings
Chief, Standards Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.8 Definitions and abbreviations
172.203 Additional description requirements