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Interpretation Response #98-0543 ([SAFT America Inc] [Mr. Chip Wildes])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: SAFT America Inc

Individual Name: Mr. Chip Wildes

Location State: GA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

APR 29, 1998


Mr. Chip Wildes
Environmental Safety and
Recycle Manager
SAFT America Inc.
711 Industrial Blvd.
Valdosta, GA 31601

Dear Mr. Wildes:

This letter is a revision of previous opinions you received from us dated March ?, 1994 and April 10/ 1995/ regarding the classification of “Lithium ionll batteries under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRi 49 CFR parts 171-180) .

Based on additional information/ we have determined that lithium ion cells and batteries must be classified in accordance with § 173.185. Section 173.185 regulates lithium ion cells and batteries based on the amount of lithium in the anodes of the fully charged cells and batteries.

If lithium ion cells and batteries meet the conditions for the exception provided in § 173.185(b)/ they are not subject to the HMR. If not excepted, the other provisions of § 173.185 apply.

I hope this information is helpful.



Edward T. Mazzullo
Director, Office of Hazardous
Materials Standards

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.185 Lithium cells and batteries