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Interpretation Response #99-0018 ([Ms. Susan G. Oliver])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name:

Individual Name: Ms. Susan G. Oliver

Location State: CA Country: US

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Response text:

FEB 5, 1999


Ms. Susan G. Oliver                           Ref. No. 99-0018
D-48 Waldo Point Harbor
Sausalito, CA 94965

Dear Ms. Oliver:

This is in response to your letter dated January 18, 1999 and subsequent telephone conversation with a member of my staff, regarding emergency response information requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-­180).  Specifically you ask if a carrier of hazardous material must carry the 1996 North American Emergency Response Guidebook (NAERG) in the vehicle.

The answer is no.  Any document (including the shipping paper) that contains all of the information specified in § 172.602(a)(1) through (7) may be used to satisfy the emergency response information requirement.  The 1996 NAERG is one option available that may be used to comply with the requirements of § 172.602(a). Therefore, if the 1996 NAERG is present on a transport vehicle and is maintained as specified, the requirements of § 172.602(a) are met.  However, the HMR do not specifically require the use of the 1996 NAERG to satisfy the requirements of §172.602(a).

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.602 Emergency response information