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printreg, May, 2003
When is a container considered empty according to DOT


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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu )
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 09:45:03


This information is important to understand and comply with, particularly if you are offering drums, cans, etc. to be transported and reclaimed. Note these regulations are different from the EPA regulatory definition of an "empty container" for more information see 40 CFR 261.7.
Debra Jacobson
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In 49 CFR 173.29, DOT places transportation restrictions on a container that previously held a hazardous material (or hazardous waste) unless it has been sufficiently cleaned of residue and purged of vapors to remove any potential hazard. DOT further interpreted this rule by stating that the requirements for packaging, shipping papers, marking, and placarding apply to "empty" containers holding a hazardous material residue. Consequently, a previously used container is empty and no longer subject to DOT regulation only after it has been fully emptied and completely cleaned so that nothing hazardous remains.

To access 49 CFR 172.202 on-line, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
Title: 49
Part: 173
Section: 29

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