Perhaps an opprtune time to chime in with regard to the proposed suspension of DOT-SP 7887 regarding the labelling of rocket motors as flammable materials as opposed to Explosives. Estes published a pro forma in their recent email subscription service which would seem beneficial to all that ship motors either as consumer, wholesaler, or retailer.
The address to which the response should be sent is:
The subject line should be:
DOT-SP 7887 Show Cause Response
Suggested copy for the email:
Dear Associate Administrator,
The purpose of this e-mail is to request that DOT-SP 7887 be kept in force as written. The Special Permit, previously DOT-E 7887 has been in place since 1978 and is used by many of us who enjoy hobbies including model rockets, motors and igniters.
To my knowledge, there has never been a reported incident involving the shipping or transporting of model rocket motors and igniters. Further, I believe that shipping these products as "Explosives" with attendant packaging requirements will create unnecessary fear and difficulty for those handling, transporting, receiving, storing, selling and using these products. Moreover the labelling as such will instill into the hobby a sense of public concern that that is both inappropriate and unwarranted.
After 33 years of use, the termination of the Special Permit is neither required, nor in the best interest of the public. Moreover such a move would be assuredly damaging to an educational and recreational product that has an excellent record. In closing, I again request the Special Permit be kept in place as written.
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