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Interpretation Response #98-0308 ([United Parcel Service] [Mr. Samuel S. Elkind])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: United Parcel Service

Individual Name: Mr. Samuel S. Elkind

Location State: KY Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

NOV 3, 1998


Mr. Samuel S. Elkind                     Ref. No. 98-0308

Air Dangerous Goods

United Parcel Service

1400 North Hurstboume Parkway

Louisville, KY 40223

Dear Mr. Elkind:

This is in response to your letter of October 9, 1998, regarding the transportation of a generator under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180). Specifically you state that the generator is described as "Engines, internal combustion, 9, UN3166" and request clarification on the provisions of 49 CFR 173.220.

As provided by § 173.220(a), an internal combustion engine or fuel tank which contains any amount (including residue) ofa flammable liquid or gaseous fuel is subject to the HMR. For transportation by aircraft, up to 500 ml (17 ounces) of fuel may remain in engines and fuel lines provided the lines are securely closed to prevent leakage of fuel. Air shipments are subj ect to shipping paperrequirements but are excepted from marking, labeling, placarding and emergency response information requirements.

For transportation by motor vehicle or rail carlllel may remain in engines and tanks provided the fuel tanks are securely closed. Shipments by motor vehicle or rail car are not subject to any other requirements of the HMR if no other hazardous materials are packaged with the generator. (See

§ 173.220(b) and (g).)

I hope this satisfies your inquiry.



Delmer F. Billings

Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.220 Internal combustion engines, vehicles, machinery containing internal combustion engines, battery-powered equipment or machinery, fuel cell-powered equipment or machinery