[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 104 (Tuesday, June 1, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 30300-30301]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-12887]



39 CFR Part 111

Restricting the Mailing of Replica or Inert Explosive Devices

AGENCY: Postal Service\TM\.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 601.11, to 
implement a new standard restricting the mailing of replica or inert 
explosive devices, such as simulated grenades that are not dangerous 
but bear a realistic appearance to explosive devices, to Registered 
Mail\TM\ service only.

DATES: Effective Date: July 6, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evans King, 202-268-4982, or Mary J. 
Collins, 202-268-5440.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service published a proposed rule 
in the Federal Register on January 5, 2010 (75 FR 282-283), which added 
restrictions to the mailing of replica and inert explosive devices in 
the mail. The Postal Service did not receive any comments in response 
to this proposal. Therefore, we will be revising the DMM as proposed. 
The Postal Service will specifically identify these items using the 
term ``replica or inert explosive devices'' rather than the proposed 
``replica or inert munitions.'' The Postal Service is also implementing 
a revised process for mailing such items via Registered Mail service 
only rather than prohibiting them from the mail altogether.
    In the past, postal operations have been disrupted and facilities 
have been evacuated when replica or inert explosive devices have been 
discovered in the mail. Such evacuations resulted in unnecessary 
expense and loss of productivity to the Postal Service and have 
jeopardized USPS[supreg] service commitments. We believe the 
implementation of the DMM revisions described in this final rule will 
minimize the chances of operational disruptions caused by replica or 
inert explosive devices and at the same time allow mailers to continue 
to use the mail for shipping these items.
    The Postal Service herby adopts the following changes to the 
Mailing Standards for the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail 
Manual (DMM), which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal 
Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is amended as follows:


1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as 

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-
1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 
3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

2. Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as follows:

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Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail 
Manual (DMM)

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600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

601 Mailability

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11.0 Other Restricted and Nonmailable Matter

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    [Renumber current 11.5 through 11.21 as 11.6 through 11.22 and 
insert new 11.5 to read as follows:]

11.5 Replica or Inert Explosive Devices

    Replica or inert explosive devices that bear a realistic 
appearance to explosive devices such as simulated grenades, but that 
are not dangerous, are permitted in the mail when all of the 
following conditions are met:
    a. The package is presented by the mailer at a retail counter.
    b. Registered Mail service is used. (Registered Mail service is 
only available for items mailed as either First-Class Mail or 
Priority Mail.)
    c. The address side of the package is labeled with ``REPLICA 
EXPLOSIVE'' using at least 20 point type or letters at least \1/4\-
inch high.
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    We will publish an amendment to 39 CFR Part 111 to reflect these 

Neva R. Watson,
Attorney, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 2010-12887 Filed 5-28-10; 8:45 am]