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Interpretation Response #98-0280 ([Exxon Company, U.S.A.] [Mr. Robert A. Cashill])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Exxon Company, U.S.A.

Individual Name: Mr. Robert A. Cashill

Location State: NJ Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

OCT 19, 1998


Mr. Robert A. Cashill                          Ref. No. 98-0280
Field Environmental Specialist
Exxon Company, U.S.A.
1 Avenue J
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Dear Mr. Casbill:

This is in reference to your inquiry concerning the requirements for non-bulk packagings containing marine pollutants under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRi 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

Specifically, you state that the material, an aviation hydraulic fluid, contains triaryl phosphate, isopropylated in a quantity that meets the definition in § 171.8 of a marine pollutant when transported by vessel. The material is packaged in quantities ranging from one quart cans to 55 gallon drums. You ask if it is acceptable to describe and mark the packages in accordance with the marine pollutant requirements and to mark the packages with a notation stating that they are not regulated by highway, rail or air.

The answer is yes. A marine pollutant packaged in non-bulk packages and offered for transportation by highway, rail or air is not required to conform to the HMR, but it is permissible to do so. YOU may want to consider revising the wording of your notation to make it less confusing. For example, as related to the HMR; "Non-bulk packages < 119 gallons) ARE NOT REGULATED BY HIGHWAY, RAIL OR AIR TRANSPORT (49 CFR 171.4)" or, "THIS MATERIAL IS REGULATED WHEN TRANSPORTED BY VESSEL ONLY (49 CFR 171.4)." It is unnecessary to show the notation on your regulated bulk packages.

I hope this information is helpful. If I can be of further assistance, please contact me.



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

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.4 Marine pollutants
172.301 General marking requirements for non-bulk packagings