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Interpretation Response #98-0358 ([Trojan Battery Company] [Ms. Diane H. Kennedy])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Trojan Battery Company

Individual Name: Ms. Diane H. Kennedy

Location State: CA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

JAN 13, 1999


Ms. Diane H. Kennedy                    Ref. No. 98-0358

Trojan Battery Company

12380 Clark Street

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Dear Ms. Kennedy:

This is in response to your letter dated November 11, 1998, regarding packaging requirements of lead pasted plates for batteries classified and described as "RQ, Environmentally hazardous substances, solid, n.o.s. (Lead), 9,UN3077, PGIII," under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask if the container described in your letter meets the definition of a closed bulk bin.

A non-specification closed bin, as authorized under § 173.240, must be an enclosed packaging that is tough, firm and durable (i.e., strong), constructed so that its contents cannot pass through (i.e., completely enclosed), and which meets other applicable requirements of § 173.24 and § 173.24b. The container described in your letter would appear to meet the packaging requirements in § 173.240(c).

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale

Transportation Regulations Specialist

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.240 Bulk packaging for certain low hazard solid materials