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Interpretation Response #98-0127 ([Hodgdon Powder Co., Inc.] [Mr. Ben Barrett, P. E.])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Hodgdon Powder Co., Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Ben Barrett, P. E.

Location State: KS Country: US

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Response text:

JUN 18, 1998


Mr. Ben Barrett, P. E.                     Ref. No. 98-0127
Manager, Engr. & Safety
Hodgdon Powder Co., Inc.
6231 Robinson
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201

Dear Mr. Barrett:

This is in response to your letter dated May 22, 1998 requesting clarification of the requirements in § 173.171 (c), under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask whether “Smokeless powder for small arms, 4.1, NA 3178, PG I” may be shipped in combination packagings with inner packagings not exceeding 8 pounds net mass.

The answer is yes.  In § 173.171 (c), RSPA’s intent is that smokeless powder be authorized in combination packagings with inner packagings not exceeding 8 pounds although it states “3.6 kg” which is actually 7.93 pounds.  This will be clarified in a future rulemaking action.

If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.



Hattie L. Mitchell, Chief
Regulatory Review and Reinvention
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.171 Smokeless powder for small arms